Touchscreen: Poetry Slam

Is technology making us less human?

Social scientists have long decried the subtle effects of technology on the human psyche. The rapid swipe ‘n click culture that permeates today is producing a more superficial mode of thinking than humanity has become accustomed to over centuries of reading from a book.

In this dramatic poetry slam, one young man explores future stages and impact of this phenomenon.

Comments (10)

(9) trevon sterling-wells, February 21, 2017 8:06 PM

this poem was about how humanity has fallen to the power of TECHNOLOGY.

this poem has gotten to me even though i watched it 2 years ago. i understand the whole poem and totally agree with it. Marshall Davis Jones will be a positive figure in the american community one day.

(8) Anonymous, April 29, 2014 8:33 PM

Should be on front page

Such a great video that everyone can relate to.

(7) dennis moonsammy, April 11, 2014 5:15 PM

For the last eight years I thought I was left behind in the

world technology. I have learnt to text only a months ago. And I am so proud my slow growth is more acheiv

ment rather that a loss.

(6) Aliza N, March 24, 2014 6:57 PM


I am glad someone expressed it this way, it makes so much sense
Thank you

(5) Anonymous, March 24, 2014 6:27 PM

loved it...thanks

This is beautiful, thank you for sharing. Even for those of us who are not fully "addicted", technology detracts from relationship. It simply creates more distraction, less affection, and less ability to be present in the moments of one's life.
Honestly, who doesn't feel this way?
A great poetic masterpiece that truly addresses the reality of our times.

(4) Dena - Jerusalem, March 23, 2014 9:15 PM

kosher phones

We are so blessed that our Rabbis have forbidden all of these devices- I phones, I pods, facebook and everything else mentioned there. I and the entire Cheridi comunity,have a "kosher phone" which is just that, a phone. No Internet. Can't even text. It has a kosher stamp on it and says "approved". So it's just a phone. Simple. Kosher. Clean.

(3) Jewish Mom, March 23, 2014 8:45 PM

Weekly disconnect time: Shabbat!

G-d's precious gift to the Jews, Shabbat, gives people a weekly opportunity to disconnect from technology, business concerns, outdoor distractions such as trips, hikes and sports, thus enabling us to reconnect: with Him, with each other and with ourselves!

Sara, April 29, 2014 8:30 PM

We can have shabbat all week!

Shabbat gives us a taste of what life without technology can feel like. A friend of mine said "Isn't it interesting? The thing we love most about shabbat is that we disconnect all the technology and can think and connect with people and ourselves for real. 100 years ago they had that all week!" Such a great reminder to ease up on the false sense of fulfillment technology gives us and really connect to our family and friends.
What an incredible poem!

(2) Anonymous, March 23, 2014 8:39 PM

Wow. Wow.

Amazing. True. So scarey. What is going on today? And it's only just begun, right? And he's so young, but he sees it so clearly. Should be required viewing for everyone.

(1) Anonymous, March 23, 2014 7:27 PM


wow! whoever put that together- KUDOS!
a must see for everyone!
let us gice ouselves TIME TO DISCONNECT!


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