Look Up | Gary Turk – Official Video


I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely. I speak to all of them every day, yet
none of them really know me. The problem I have sits in the spaces between, looking into their eyes or at a name on a screen. I took a step back and opened my eyes, I looked around and realized, this media we call social, is anything but when we open our computers
and it’s our doors we shut. All this technology we have, it’s just an illusion Community, companionship, a sense of inclusion yet, when you step away from this device of delusion, you awaken to see, a world of confusion. A world where we’re slaves to the technology we mastered, where our information gets sold
by some rich greedy bastard. A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion, where we share all our best bits,
but leave out the emotion. We are at our most happy with an
experience we share, but is it the same if no one is there? Be there for you friends, and they’ll be there too, but no one will be, if a group message will do. We edit and exaggerate, we crave adulation, we pretend not to notice the social isolation. We put our words into order
until our lives are glistening, we don’t even know if anyone is listening. Being alone isn’t the problem, let me just emphasize, if you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise, you’re being productive, and present,
not reserved or recluse, you’re being awake and attentive,
and putting your time to good use. So when you’re in public and you start to feel alone, put your hands behind your head,
step away from the phone. You don’t need to stare at your menu
or at your contact list, just talk to one another, learn to co-exist. I can’t stand to hear the silence
of a busy commuter train, when no one wants to talk
through the fear of looking insane. We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies to engage with one another
and look into someone’s eyes. We’re surrounded by children, who since they were born, have watched us living like robots
and think it’s the norm. It’s not very likely you’ll make world’s greatest dad, if you cant entertain a child without a using an iPad. When I was a child, I would never be home, I’d be out with my friends, on our bikes we would roam. We’d wear holes in our trainers, and graze up our knees; we’d build our own clubhouse, high up in the trees. Now the parks are so quiet, it gives me a chill to see no children outside and the swings hanging still. There’s no skipping or hopscotch, no church and no steeple, we’re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people. So look up from your phone, shut down that display, take in your surroundings, and make the most of today. Just one real connection is all it can take, to show you the difference that being there can make. Be there in the moment, when she gives you the look, that you remember forever, as when love overtook. The time you first hold her hand, or first kiss her lips, the time you first disagree, but still love her to bits. The time you don’t need to tell hundreds, about what you’ve just done, because you want to share the moment, with just this one. The time you sell your computer, so you can buy a ring, for the girl of your dreams, who is now the real thing. The time you want to start a family, and the moment when, you first hold your baby girl, and get to fall in love again. The time she keeps you up at night, and all you want is rest, and the time you wipe away the tears, as your baby flees the nest. The time your little girl returns, with a boy for you to hold, and the day he calls you granddad, and makes you feel real old The time you take in all you’ve made, just by giving life attention, and how your glad you didn’t waste it, by looking down at some invention The time you hold your wife’s hand, and sit down beside her bed you tell her that you love her, and lay a kiss upon her head. She then whispers to you quietly, as her heart gives a final beat, that she’s lucky she got stopped, by that lost boy in the street. But none of these times ever happened, you never had any of this, When you’re too busy looking down, you don’t see the chances you miss. So look up from your phone, shut down those displays, we have a finite existence, a set number of days. Don’t waste your life getting caught in the net, as when the end comes, nothing’s worse than regret. I am guilty too, of being part of this machine, this digital world, where we are heard but not seen. Where we type and don’t talk, where we read as we chat, where we spend hours together, without making eye contact. Just don’t give in to a life where you follow the hype, give people your love, don’t give them your like. Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined Go out into the world, leave distractions behind. Look up from your phone, shut down that display, stop watching this video, live life the real way.

100 thoughts on “Look Up | Gary Turk – Official Video

  1. Das ist scheiße rede mal Deutsch Bratan ich verstehe doch kein Wort Lan … #DislikeButtonWurdeGesprengt WICHSER

  2. These people who constantly whine about cell phone usage are almost always ignorant because they always fail to consider why teenagers are so addicted to their cell phones and never come up with a legitimate solution. Teens don't like getting judged by their peers so using their cell phone is an alternative to talking to other students, essentially escaping potential judgement and hiding their insecurity. Anxiety and judgemental idiots are the real problem, not the cell phones. It's the reason for the usage, not the usage itself.

  3. Just thought about the lyrics to Jamiroquai "Virtual Insanity" when I first heard this in the late 90s it was just a song, now I know that the music industry is evil those lyrics are about "now", it was all planned long ago this totalitarian Big Brother world.  People are having spying devices in their homes with their Smart Meters, TVs and Smart phones etc…  Our DNA is being attacked, people are aging much faster, I look at young people on TV and in films and most have thinner skin than they should for their age and some look ill, we never saw this in the 1990s and early 2000s.  I cannot be near any of this new technology as I literally feel it attacking every part of my body and energy field, so I have to live a life shielded from Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation.  Barrie Trower is the man to listen to, an ex government microwave specialist, I still am shocked at just how harmful all this technology is, he said that a human should not be exposed to mobile phone radiation (if they are going to be) until they are at least 29 years old as that is when the nervous system becomes fully formed.

  4. It's my homework for tomorow, thx u teacher,because she let me Watch this wonderfull poem so true,You can see emotion between the lines.✨✨

  5. This just shows how fast and short life is when your constantly using devices

  6. I understand the meaning of this vid, and how it can apply to some people, however that wasn’t the case for me. I met some of my best friends through “looking down” and even my fiancée who lived states away from me in the beginning. So sometimes you’re the exception and that’s okay.

  7. this was a good message and this isn't hate but i honestly think that tech is great, it has its uses some are good some are great and allow better ways to communicate, there are people who abuse it and use it about every hour but its the user not the machine we have all the power, and though it may seem bad we are coming to an age were this will be the natural thing, think back to the ages were we had nothing, tech has come so far and it was driven by people who wanted to change everything, so why tell everyone to quit this wonderful thing that many people have worked hard to build, i say we go along with this will and try to adapt better to these new things, and put these into our lives that doesn't affect us severely, sincerely TheActiveVolcano

  8. If you never had a phone or computer or an iPad . You wouldn’t be famous

  9. My teacher just showed me that and wow was it amazing.

  10. ..I know a couple who is happily married. Guess where they met? Fucking Clash of Clans. You can have social interaction through technology, humans change and evolve alongside the tools we create and there is nothing wrong with that. This video is bullshit.

  11. i met my best friend on a video game and we pretty much know each other personally… also what kind of addicted dumb fuck just sits on their phone ALL DAY LONG? that shit would get boring in the first 5 minutes for the majority of people since pretty much all they use is instagram, twitter and facebook. i only use my phone when im really bored, or if im in a call. in my opinion social media is fucking boring

  12. Shout out to me Bloom, the greatest man. He has brought me here to see what's true, and I thank him Very very much. Hope to see him again…

  13. YOUR VIDEO SHOULD BE  A HIT SONG !! If you are interested and get credit , comment to this and I will continue with it. I have been a professional musician since I was 12 and I'm 64 now. It kills me to see a father who has his kids for the weekend and at lunch , the spoiled brats have their heads buried in their phones. So sad , not where we are going, but where we are. Need permission to use for lyrics and I will write the melody to it with the chorus hook "LOOK UP ….LOOK UP…."    Thank you.

  14. I honestly cried this is so beautiful

    Hey! After watching the episode Smithereens of Black Mirror I've been feeling very bad. I uninstalled many social media apps and want to at least reduce the time spent on a smartphone and social media. Although Im really scared of how this phone addiction will end, I want to try to really inspire and help people understand how this ruins lives. I dont know where or how to begin with changing this though, can someone give me ideas? Do you think we will ever change or will we go around with VR glasses in 10 years? Thanks

  15. 🚂 I just watched this video on a train:

    Inspired, I took out my headphones and did just that and ended up talking to the man sat opposite.

    Within five minutes he told me all about the use of healing energies, the power of crystals & his heart chakras.

    Aaaand headphones back on. 🎧
    This video betrayed me…

  16. I remembered this back then when I was 14. Now I’m 19, and this is still true asf. Ngl.

  17. I watched this video when it first came out when I was 12 years old. Five years later, I’m 17, and I find myself coming back to this video. Profoundly impactful.

  18. I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely.

    I speak to all of them everyday, yet none of them really know me.

    The problem I have sits in the spaces between,

    looking into their eyes, or at a name on a screen.

    I took a step back, and opened my eyes,

    I looked around, and then realised

    that this media we call social, is anything but

    when we open our computers, and it’s our doors we shut.

    All this technology we have, it’s just an illusion,

    of community, companionship, a sense of inclusion

    yet when you step away from this device of delusion,

    you awaken to see, a world of confusion.

    A world where we’re slaves to the technology we mastered,

    where our information gets sold by some rich greedy bastard.

    A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion,

    where we share all our best bits, but leave out the emotion.

    We are at our most happy with an experience we share,

    but is it the same if no one is there.

    Be there for you friends, and they’ll be there too,

    but no one will be, if a group message will do.

    We edit and exaggerate, we crave adulation,

    we pretend we don’t notice the social isolation.

    We put our words into order, until our lives are glistening,

    we don’t even know if anyone is listening.

    Being alone isn’t the problem, let me just emphasize,

    that if you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise,

    you are being productive, and present, not reserved or recluse,

    you’re being awake and attentive, and putting your time to good use.

    So when you’re in public, and you start to feel alone,

    put your hands behind your head, and step away from the phone.

    You don’t need to stare at your menu, or at your contact list,

    just talk to one another, and learn to co-exist.

    I can’t stand to hear the silence, of a busy commuter train,

    when no one wants to talk through the fear of looking insane.

    We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies

    to engage with one another, and look into someone’s eyes.

    We’re surrounded by children, who since they were born,

    watch us living like robots, and think it’s the norm.

    It’s not very likely you will make world’s greatest dad,

    if you cant entertain a child without a using an iPad.

    When I was a child, I would never be home,

    I’d be out with my friends, on our bikes we would roam.

    We’d ware holes in our trainers, and graze up our knees;

    we’d build our own clubhouse, high up in the trees.

    Now the parks are so quiet, it gives me a chill

    to see no children outside and the swings hanging still.

    There’s no skipping or hopscotch, no church and no steeple,

    we’re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people.

    So look up from your phone, shut down that display,

    take in your surroundings, and make the most of today.

    Just one real connection is all it can take,

    to show you the difference that being there can make.

  19. Watched this before like 2 years ago. Made me cry twice. To this day, this is one of my favorite videos on YouTube

  20. Bu video için teşekkürler.
    Thank you for this video. 💕💕

  21. The first video about the online with social media that I actually liked because others are just like, idk they teach you nothing and just straight up tell you ''humanity is trash'' instead of sending a message and actually make a change in a good way
    I'm really bad at wording my thoughts probably should get off my phone and learn some grammar

  22. ''Stop watching this video''
    Sorry cant stop watching this video it's too good

  23. Oh geez…relax…control your usage and don't let it control you. Just because I like playing games on my phone and using social media doesn't mean my life is passing me by…I do other things, too.

  24. shoutout to the WSC people in Barcelona Globals in 2018!!

  25. If a Marist student was shown this, reply. If your shown this and you're studying netiquette, reply.

  26. To showing best of them self is not started when we have internet it is from the time when people appear because this is human’s nature.

  27. I have sisters and when I happen to walk into them many a times they are in the Same room but don't communicate. They look down and spend hours glancing at social media and only exchange glances to share a funny video or show someone else's life whether better or worse. I sat there in the kitchen eating my diner waiting for a conversation to start. When I got bored of waiting I'd throw a topic into the air for them to discuss… But one of the group feels the "need" to address the disturbance so they reply but only enough to kill the topic and any conversation that'll have followed. Although I've only seen this in females. To me it's really fn sad that ppl that should be bursting with worries, goals, and "individuality" are so limited to scrolling and sharing content that is not even theirs. Robots is what I see on the daily and when I'm with my friends we often feel like outsiders looking in to the life of the herd. This is a rant to say I wish more people were brave. Bold enough to be their authentic selves and not hide beneath whatever facade they have. I'm mainly talking about the average people here who dont think and usually do as they're told. I rant because these are my family members and close friends. The average folk are trapped… They realize it and when confronted about it still refuse to move forwards.

  28. your the reason my school has banned phones you nutcase you belong in an asylum

  29. No I lost it at “she’s lucky she got stopped by that lost boy in the street” 😭😭

  30. sometimes its okay to use social media, all u need it just self control tho

  31. This video is 5 years old yet I still love it, rewatch it and it still makes me cry

  32. Shout out to the people who didn’t already talk to friend in real life

  33. If he wants us to not go on technology as much, then why is he posting this on you tube??

  34. I'm that one kid that goes outside barefoot running around by myself in the nature.

  35. I watched this my freshmen year of high school in English class and I still love it.

  36. For many people technology is their lives, but my life is outside.
    📱Technology = 😔
    🏕🏝Outside = 😆

  37. The video gets real at 2:23, It always gets me and makes my eyes water for some reason. It keeps me coming back for more every year.

  38. I heard it and met you in the WORLD SCHOLARS CUP GLOBAL ROUND MALAYSIA.
    And after a year i came back to listen this amazing thing! Inspirational….

  39. hey guys i need help for a school project someone tell me what the summeray for this video is thanks

  40. I remember watching this video back in 2014.

    I come back 5 years later, just to say it's still accurate.

  41. i watched this video one day randomly looked up and saw woman of my dreams. Now, we are married with 1 child. i just wanna say thank you….you changed my life.

  42. It’s a shame that this was shown to one of my classes at school today and everyone had such negative feedback on it, yet I really loved the strong message put into this video!

  43. I still forward this to people since it came out. Part II is needed! People don't seem to care still. I see them driving and txting still.
    The little girl would be five and today's stats are kids play their first video game by age two! Sad! 🙁

    "Smart Phone dumb people is true!"

  44. Hello Ganry Turk. Im a fan of your video "look up". I've now watched it already five times and I agree you so much with you'r opinion. Nowadays there no more children which independetly playing in the park and klimbing up'on trees like I made it. There only children who're there with there mom because she wants it and only children whithout dreams to klimb up the old castle from 1803 op playing hide and seek in the bushes. Technology is good, but only when you know how to use it right. Technology can make sad and lonely because it focus you on it and on social media it makes you think that you'r "friends" are everytime at your side and it's easier, but the truth is that it makes you much lonlier to write or talk with friends though a phone than just make other things.

    I thank you so much for this video Gary Turk.

    I hope you'll like it and i apologize me for my writing errors ;D

  45. Is there a play to listen to this on things like Spotify? It's a good reminder to me as I'm heading home every day.

  46. such an awesome, relevant and worthwhile video! Well-made and oh so powerful.
    Thank you for making this. I used it to show students at the college I used to work at and will use it at the high school I now work for.
    Every human being in the world that has a smart phone should watch this video!

  47. Oh yes, let me throw away my phone, computer, and every other piece of technology I have. Lets see how much more social ill become now that people cant text me inviting me to go to a party, hang out, or have a meet up before work/school.
    I totally wont be in my room hoping my busy friends use their little free time to come check on me, even though they probably wouldn't have talked to me in months due to not being able to make plans over phone and have probably met other people that they can get in contact with much easier then they can me.

    This comment was brought to you by: A Senior whos tired of their teachers bullshit about trying to get us to "look away from our phones" even though outside of school, most of us have a healthy social life with friends we hang out with regularly.

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