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If you've seen the movie Crash, it had a similar vibe of shifting from one story to the next and slowly intertwining the stories. The movie explores how technology pulls us together and turns us away from each other, especially when our "normal" mode for communication fails (old-fashioned spoken words). It highlighted on tech connects such as message boards, texting, on-line dating and the infamous blue and white "F" site.
I went into the movie thinking it would be fairly light and outline how people can't eat a meal or use the toilet without their phone, but (thankfully) it contained much more depth -- plenty of character development within themes of loss. A lot of the movie was about loneliness, and the irony of loneliness when we are surrounded with people. If the Director/Writer/Producer intended the audience to feel sadness, discomfort and anger ... they succeeded.
Like it or not, technology affects and defines our daily relationships. We long to feel included, heard, understood and affiliated, and technology can be an all-inclusive direct route. Its "pulling away" is something I work with on a daily basis as a therapist. I've laughingly said that Facebook is keeping me in business, but it's true -- the gravitation towards the touch screen and instant messaging rivals what's in front of people, whether it's a spouse, children or an stacked in-box at work. Or, in my case tonight ... my bed!
When Tyler began playing sports I looked forward to meeting other team parents and bonding with fellow soccer moms. The first couple of practices I was solo on the bleachers despite the row of cars behind me. As soon as I turned around it became clear. Faces behind a glowing screens. I was bummed, but I totally get it, too. Technology has become a comfort zone -- a reflex during down-time, and for many parents it's a form of self-care to have a slice of space to themselves.
If you want to laugh and witness a happy ending, you may want to skip this one. If you don't mind thought-provoking and moving in a positive direction interpersonally -- check it out!!
One more reason: Jason Bateman.