Watch this video and decide whether you need to 'Look Up' from your phone

In case you missed it over the weekend, a five-minute spoken word film urging people to unplug from smartphones and social media has, ironically, gone viral through people sharing it on social media.

Titled ‘Look Up’, the sentimental Youtube video shows writer and director Gary Turk reading a poem, ordering people to “look up from your phone, shut down the display, take in your surroundings and make the most of today.”

The short film has now been viewed nearly 20 million times since it was posted on the 25th of April, and has been shared by a number of notable Twitter users, including British tennis player Andy Murray.

Including a brief dramatised segment with a love story that “never happened” because one of the protagonists was looking down at his smartphone, the film really makes you feel a little sad about the amount of reliance we have on social media nowadays.

Hayley Minn