Recently I did a little binge watching on my Android phone with Chromecast video streaming… Ok, maybe I did a lot of binge watching on a particular long weekend (thanks for not judging). It’s interesting to watch the use of ancient cell phones in older movies. The ring tones are especially funny to hear once again in midi.
You can easily tell the subtle and not so subtle differences if you’re under 40 (or have eyes). It’s funny how the little things are different about mobile phones in tv and movies from just five years ago. For example, I noticed in the current typical shows on tv now a cell phone generally only buzzes from vibration because it’s a text. You never see anyone place an actual call. How weird to call someone on their phone, #amiright? Landlines??? Gross.
Maybe we’re just monsters now? Monsters floating in our self-made abyss of mobile obsession…
So what’s the point?
My point is that mobile has changed so rapidly, not only hardware but in presence. Mobile has had an increased presence in movies and shows from just a few years ago. The newer shows also show way more phone screen time and texting. Art imitates life, so maybe this is not a surprise.
We’re junkies and we have to have our fix – even in our entertainment. I’ve noticed that my phone seems to always be with me, even when I’m watching TV. One of the TV’s at our house uses chromecast with my nifty android phone. So this thing I carry all day is also the key to my bedroom TV binges. It’s so easy to just keep hitting next and ok and next. Some apps actually will just skip to the next show without asking. It’s seemingly more work to STOP the shows from playing if you’re well into the binge-zone.
I remember a time when my dinners, conversations and movie watching didn’t include mobile phones… That time is far, far gone and disappearing off into the sunset. I’ve made my peace with the phone, but hopefully the selfie stick is not here to stay – for humanity’s sake.