something about smartphone addiction by Bogdan Dragos

I liked her dad
He was an interesting guy

preached all day
long
about smartphone
addiction
while his daughter was on her
smartphone, ignoring
him

“A human life,” he was saying.
“Controlled by a piece
of plastic
with lights. A destiny
completely determined by
a machine
designed by corporations to become
god, to claim souls. How
blind, how utterly and
impossibly blind a whole generation
of human beings can be. To
willingly subject
themselves to slavery like
that. Their thumbs
and fingers always tap-tap-tapping
that screen
as if trying to break
their soul free from beyond. But
it never happens. You cannot
break a door
by merely knocking on it...”

“Whatever, dude,” said his daughter
with the phone before
her face

He shook his head and
then looked at me. This time
I too was looking
at my phone.
“I see she has corrupted you too,”
he said. “Shame. I was hoping
it could be
the other way around
just for once.”

I let the phone
down. “Me? Oh no, I was just
checking my e-mail. I've
sent some poems to
a bunch of publishers and
was hoping to
see a reply or something.”

“Hm, and is there any
reply?” he asked

“No,” I said

He nodded. “How about
a beer?”

“Sure. Thanks.”

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  1. Lucy dice:

    Ooh, I love this! The casual and conversational tone flows very well and realistic. I really enjoyed reading it.

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  2. Thanks for checking it out, Lucy!
    Much appreciated 🙂

    Here’s a text emoticon obsessively checking his phone :)))
    {\__/}
    (●ᴗ●)
    ( >📱

    His name is Steve. He’s been battling this addiction since seventh grade :))

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  3. Nicely written Bogdan. Easy conversational style. I like it……

    Poor Steve..I don’t have a smartphone. Just addicted to my computer and poetry. Am I headed for trouble? ……

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    1. Thanks, Don!

      And don’t worry about where you’re heading.
      You can only meet with trouble if you stop. As long as you keep going, you’ll be fine!
      ☆゚°.* ᕕ( ⌐■_■ )ᕗ

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      1. My mind refuses to let me stop. Isn’t it nice?……

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      2. Oh, it is perfect ( ´-ω・)

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  4. errr…the slavery to the tech, it can be a maddening excuse for humans to NOT truly connect.

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  5. (つ▀_▀)つ True. The evolution of phones evolved our means to connect, but not our disposition for it.

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  6. ziadkaj dice:

    nice and sarcastic poem; I liked it and it talks about the generation and technological gap in a velvet and soft style

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    1. ヽ(•‿•)ノ Thank you, Ziad. Very much appreciated 🙂

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  7. ziadkaj dice:

    regards from Beirut, Bogdan……gd luck

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  8. Terveen Gill dice:

    Made me laugh!
    The daughter’s reaction and no word from the publisher.
    Too painful to cry about.
    Awesome writing. 🙂

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    1. Thank you 🙂

      One day I’ll get that word from some publisher. One day… (´◡`)

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      1. Terveen Gill dice:

        It will happen. For sure. 🙂

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  9. This is one of the best poems I have ever read. I mean it.

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    1. Many thanks for checking it out, Bob! ٩( ^ᴗ^ )۶

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      1. You’re welcome. So relatable!

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    1. Thanks, Andrew (ツ)

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