Future Voices: “It’s hard to imagine what life was like for our parents’ generation, with none of the technology we’ve grown up with”

Future Voices - young person using the internet

Future Voices - young person using the internet - Credit: Archant

Earlier this year, Gary Turk's short film, Look Up instantly became a phenomenon on YouTube for viewers all over the world.

The video tells the story of an online generation who are shutting themselves away from the real world, because of technology.

Sophie Wright, 15, of Norwich, said: 'I can definitely relate to this poem. It made me realise how much time we waste online, when we could be making the most of life, actually living.'

It also has a powerful sentimental narrative of a love story between a young boy and a girl, following them through life until they're old, before it's revealed that it's all a lie and never happened, because he was too busy looking down at his phone to notice her walking past when he was young.

'It's hard to imagine what life was like for our parents' generation, with none of the technology we've grown up with,' said Francesca Williams, 15, from Norwich.

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During the video, Turk highlights that 'we put our words into order, and say that our lives are glistening. We don't even know if anyone is listening.'

Although there are many negatives of living in a world surrounded by the technology we've mastered, it has, arguably, brought many benefits. it has enriched the lives of many and we can now share our experiences and read those of others, which we can then be inspired by, giving us ambition and dreams to pursue by living and making the most of what's to offer in the real world.

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However, it's almost impossible to escape the social isolation of the internet, as Gary Turk even admits himself that he's 'guilty too of being part of this machine, this digital world where we're heard but not seen'.

Has social media changed the world for the better? Let us know what you think #futurevoices or ben.dunne@norfolk.gov.uk

Tallulah Self

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