This chilling viral video will make you rethink your relationship to your smartphone.

If we stop for a moment and look around, it’s easy to see that we are in the midst of a technological revolution.

If someone went into a coma 20 years ago and woke up today, they’d be shocked at the number of people walking around with their heads stuck in their phones.

Smartphones have completely changed how we interact with one another as well as the world around us. But when the dust settles, will they have improved humanity for the better? Or will we have traded authentic interactions for endless distractions?


A cartoon posted by the WAKE UP page on Facebook is going viral for showing the dark side of this technological revolution. It is told through the eyes of a child who wanders through a parade of zombies looking for connection.

Over the past month the video has been shared over 250,000 times.

The video not only provides a critique of how smartphones have transformed our lives, but it shows how children are easily sidelined by technology.

This video is an edited version of a music video that illustrator and animator Steve Cutts made for Moby and the Void Pacific Choir’s song “Are You Lost in the World Like Me?” in 2016.

“A few years ago I saw Steve Cutts’ ‘MAN’ video and was amazed and blown away,” Moby said in a statement. “The video he made for ‘Are You Lost in the World Like Me?’ is without question one of the best videos that’s ever been made for one of my songs.”

“For me the video is about our increasing dependence on technology and about human interaction today, or a certain lack of it. It focuses on the way tech is changing us – how we have become desensitized,” Cutts added.

Here is the original video in its entirety.

Moby connected with Cutts after seeing his award-winning short film “MAN.” “MAN” is an animated short about how human beings may become the ultimate victims of our own recklessness.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Eviction seemed imminent for Dasha Kelly, 32, and her three young daughters Sharron, 8; Kia, 6; and Imani, 5, on Monday. The eviction moratorium expired over the weekend and it looked like there was no way for them to avoid becoming homeless.

The former Las Vegas card dealer lost her job due to casino closures during the pandemic and needed $2,000 to cover her back rent. The mother of three couldn't bear the thought of being put out of her apartment with three children in the scorching Nevada desert.

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