Listening to music, booking your flight, ordering food … these are only a few of the many things that can be done using your smartphone. What had to be done in person some years ago can now be done with the click of a button. It seems like nowadays people can’t live without their smartphones.
In my video Stop It, a young girl is so focused on her phone that she ignores her family without meaning to. Her mother reminds her it’s time for dinner; her father asks if she has finished her homework; her sister wants her to hang out with her. She does not look up until her phone runs out of battery. Then she wants to talk to her family, yet they, too, are staring at their phones just like she is. Then she suddenly wakes up and realises that it was all just a dream.
Soon, she walks out of her room to enjoy breakfast with her family. She realises that instead of being glued to the phone screen, she would rather talk to her parents and sister who love her.
Togetherness is a very important ingredient in family life, along with communication and spending quality time with each other.
Nowadays, both parents and children are too busy with their phones. They rarely talk to each other, which can weaken a relationship. I am sure nobody wants that to happen. It’s always a good idea to talk to your family about your day, what you are thinking, and whether they agree with you.
Try to put your phone down for 15 minutes, and look around you and your loved ones.
Unicef HK’s “Make A Video” competition gives young people a chance to express themselves. The project is co-organised by the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s IFVA, with support from Hang Seng Bank and Young Post. Check out the videos here. Email your feedback here.