53 thoughts on “Giant iPhone Suit Teaches Us About Ourselves”

  1. These videos were very eye opening. We don’t realize that our phones control us, when it is supposed to be the other way around. We let a little device take over our lives with no remorse. We are all guilty of it– I can admit I am. People think its a joke but it’s not, it’s a sad truth.

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  2. These videos point out how attached our generation and society is to our phones. In the first video the huge iPhone is attached to the man over his mouth representing that there is little communication with the people around you when using your mobile device. He is also always looking down, just as we look down at our phones as we walk to class. In the second video “Mans best friend” is written on the back of the iPhone. This shows that humans are attached to their i phones and cant live without them, like a best friend. This is sad but it is a reality in today’s society.

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  3. These two videos show how our iPhones are so important to so many of us around campus, that they control us. We are always walking around hand-in-hand with our iPhones, and we are very attached to them. I also agree with Ashlyn’s comments in that our cell phones are almost a part of us now because we are so attached to them.

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  4. These videos were very intriguing. The first one really made it obvious to everyone around campus that our phones really do control us. We aren’t controlling our technology anymore. People may have stood around and laughed, but in all honesty, it isn’t that funny. In the second video, a man’s best friend isn’t even a dog anymore, it’s our phone, and that’s the sad part about it.

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  5. Man’s new best friend is demanding and controlling. It consumes all our attention, and that is the sad reality presented by these videos. The second video reflected the delusional happiness that we have come to accept with the advent of technology.

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  6. I found these two videos a good visual representations of what our society has come to involving our attachments with cell phones. It was interesting how the phone had the leash on the person, not the other way around. Cell phones have come to a point where it is now controlling and leading our lives. It may be funny and not seem like a huge deal, but we should act now before our habits get any worse. It is time to learn how to let go of the phone’s hand and break free from the leash.

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  7. The first video I found to be how our relationship with technology really is. We are controlled by it. We can’t walk ourselves, we have to be walked by our phones. The second video I found to be how we view our relationship with technology. We see our phones as our best friends and not our controller. We believe that we are in control of addiction to technology but clearly it is in control of us.

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  8. These two videos were very interesting. At first I was a little thrown off by the idea of somebody dressed up as an iPhone and walking a student around campus on a leash. But, after thinking about what these videos really meant, it made more sense to me. These videos are meant to show us how addicted and attached to technology we are. The videos were a good visual representation of what many people are attached to and their priorities and preferences when in class or walking from class to class.

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  9. These two videos put how technology takes over our lives into a new and clearer perspective for me. It’s common to see people on their phones while walking to class and to brush it off as no big deal, but seeing it the other way around with the phone controlling the human gave me a different reaction. I didn’t realize the full extent that technology has on taking over our lives; it’s actually kind of sad. The second video also accurately portrayed how people are so obsessed with their phones to the point that they’re basically in a relationship with it. This is because people are constantly checking to see if they have any notifications and trying to keep in touch with other people yet completely ignoring the people around them in real life. Seeing people on their phones constantly has become a social norm, but seeing it the other way around makes me see how ridiculous it is.

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  10. The first video is a very accurate interpretation of what goes on in our daily lives. I find it very funny that it took some people a little while to even notice the man in the big IPhone costume because they were so focused on their screens. I really liked how both of videos pointed out the problems that we are facing today with these addicting devices.

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  11. I wanted to talk for a second about the difference between the relationship between the phone and the person in these two videos. The first one has the phone controlling man (there is a really great cartoon with a similar theme that is floating around the internet somewhere), while the second has the human and phone in more of a symbiotic relationship. Both are disturbing in their own way (although I don’t think there is much symbolism in the phone appearing alone in Pappas’ class; that was really more for the joke than anything else), but both make a fundamental point about our relationship with our phones, albeit in different ways; many people are very devoted to their phones, not just addicted.

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  12. I think these videos say a lot about peoples phone use. It seems like everywhere we go people are tied to their phones. Checking snapchat, twitter, facebook, their texts, whatever, they are always using their phones. It does seem like we don’t own our phones anymore, they own us, and they have basically taken our freedom both mentally and physically. We are always thinking about our phones, and always using them.

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  13. I find it sad and ironic that the crowd this was supposed to be directed to either (1) did not even notice what was going on because they were too consumed in their phones or (2) the ones that did notice just resorted to taking pictures and posting this on yik yak, Instagram and Twitter. Rather than sit back and reflect on how they are one of those people, they quickly got onto social media to state how sad it was people are consumed with technology, yet they are one of the very people they are referring to. I liked how the videos showed the two different forms of relationships individuals form with their phones. The first one effectively showed how we think of our phone as a necessity or “mans best friend” when in reality in controls everything we do. The second video showed the funny but sad reality that we are so invested in our phones, we might as well be in a relationship with them.

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  14. These videos are very eye opening and they show exactly what technology is doing to us. The first video has the mans mouth covered to show how little communication we now have between each other. It is funny too, because in the video half the people don’t even realize the iPhone and the man because they are so focused on their own phone. Its true how phones are actually becoming “Mans Best Friend”. People can no longer communicate with others the way people use to.

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  15. Both of these videos did a phenomenal job of showing how addicted we are to our phones. Most college students can not walk across campus without their phone in their hand, checking up on the latest news. We are not only emotionally connected to our phones but it is also our social outlet as well. A change needs to happen soon, and I believe both the videos excellently portray just how serious are problems with technology, especially our phones are.

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  16. it was surprising how many people did not even glance up at the two actors in the video. our phones definitely impact us daily and distract us more than we want to believe. most people need to constantly have their phone in their hand which is alarming. people invest way to much time on their phone and on social media.

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  17. This demonstration was meant to serve as an eye opener for students, however it appeared that many did not realize the intended effect. Multiple students appeared amused or thought it was funny to see a giant iPhone walking around campus with its human. There were also several students who turned to their phones to capture this absurd moment as opposed to simply watching and reflecting. While students most likely understood that the demonstration was meant to highlight how obsessed our society is with our phones, I doubt many of the students realized the great negativity that our phones play in our every day lives.

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  18. These videos were very eye opening because most of us don’t realize that we let our phones consume most of our days. I also thought it was so ironic that the message behind this demonstration was to expose how our phones control us, yet as soon as people saw this they went straight to their phones and social media to talk about it instead of really considering the message.

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  19. These two videos accurately portray the addiction our society has to our phones. In the first video, the symbol of the iPhone being in control of it’s users actions shows how little we do things for ourselves. The second video illustrated the the sense of happiness and connection we have with technology. This reiterates the concept that we cannot do anything without consulting our devices first.

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  20. I thought this was a very unique and accurate way to portray how IPhone’s are more than just items used in our daily lives. It’s scary to think that this is actually true. We are guided and chained to our phones, unaware of what that actually means. The first video conveys the control over who we are and what we do. The second one depicts how satisfied we may be with just our IPhones, even though it honestly looks dumb. This really causes me to look at my life and assess how much I use my phone. I don’t want to be controlled by it, or let it be my source of contentment wherever I go.

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  21. The first thing that caught my attention, and as many people noted in earlier comments, was the amount of people surrounding this “performance art”/ PSA that were too consumed in their phones to really notice (or would look up for a brief second and go back to their phone without giving any thought to what was going on). It was somewhat annoying and yet also sad because it truly shows how mindless the majority has become. Additionally, I thought it was fairly ironic that so many people turned to yik yak to comment on what was going on; Sure they saw what was going on but clearly they weren’t really deeply thinking about its meaning and reflecting.. because they were too worried about sharing it on social media —to prove they saw it? To say they agreed? To make it seem like they were better than that?—I just feel if they saw it and processed it and truly understood the meaning they would’ve taken a second to stop themselves before whipping out their phone to once again disengage from the real world, Aka the one that matters.

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  22. I thought it was really interesting that, especially during the Who Owns Who video, a lot of people would take a quick look at the pair walking across the quad, but would quickly look away from them, as if they didn’t want to face the possibility that their life could be a parallel to the demonstration, which often turns out to be the case. It was also funny to see how people were taking pictures of the iPhone with their phones, as this showed how the first instinct for many people is to pull out their phone when they see something like that happening.

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  23. The way the guy and the phone were attached to each other, was a perfect representation of what our society has become. As you notice in the first video the phone is controlling the guy walking, the guy walking is depressed because he can’t break free of the technology. The second video the guy and the phone walk happily together. This shows that technology and our attachment to it can create so many issues in how we live our lives emotionally. We rely on it for our happiness, but it also brings a sense of depression because we can’t break free. These videos make me not want to be as attached to my phone and to break off the chain.

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  24. Both these videos had an interesting concept but I watched them a second time to look for something a little more interesting. Looking at the video of the leashed human, I noticed that just walking around, there were so many people who didn’t even notice what was happening because they were on their phone. They are the one that the message is targeted to and they couldn’t even see it because they were so focused on their phone. Others used their phones to take a picture of it and simply laughed it off. Some people can not face the reality of it. I’ve definitely noticed that around campus as I see people walking around and even catch myself doing it.

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  25. Cell phones can be seen as a having a placebo effect because they are expected to improve the abilities of a person at the touch of button, yet they are mostly improperly used. Technology is misunderstood to be the subordinate because of its size in the relationship with human and the fact is that it can engulf a person life if not careful. Calculators are available for harder equations just like phones are available for research. The key is that there is no need to rely on those sources because it’s more engaging to personally solve things, but most people choose the easy route.

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  26. Unfortunately, like the other bystanders on campus, before taking Pappas’ class, I would not have understood the phone walking the human! But I see it daily, everywhere I go! I now get a kick out of watching and counting how many people walk around starring at their screens and not watching where they are going. But these videos are showing us exactly how the human interacts with technology today! JMU should expand and wear it into the mall or Walmart, and when talk to people about it!

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  27. These two videos are actually a great representation of how people are with their phones. We are either letting our dictate how we live our day to day lives, or we’re in a committed relationship with one. Our phones have taken over the lives of people and it’s time to create a healthy balance between human and technology.

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  28. I think that we as a society have allowed ourselves to be too comfortable with the usage of technology that it has almost come to the point where we need it. There is never a time that students are not walking around campus going from class to class and staring at their phones. It serves as an example of how attached we have grown to having this device that we almost see as another person, by our side at all times.

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  29. This demonstration presented in these videos portray the exact relationship humans have with cell phones today. We spend so much time on our phones that they are starting to take control of our lives. I definitely noticed that when people walk around campus, they are always looking down, engaged in their phones. It was ironic how this demonstration was done to show students how engaged we are in our phones and when students saw this demonstration being done with a big cell phone walking a human, people went straight to their phones to post it all over social media.

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  30. The first video demonstrates the controlling relationship between most humans and technology, more specifically our phones. It shows how we let a manmade device rule the lives of the very people who made it. Also, the majority of passers by in the video were so consumed by their phones that they failed to notice what was going on around them. The second video points out the replacement of human relationships with technological ones. It displays that we no longer feel the need for intimate relationships as we always have technology on our side.

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  31. Though there is humor behind both these videos, they represent the current issue between humans today and their technology. What was interesting was that people were laughing when both the gentlemen and “iPhone” were walking down together holding hands, however, in reality, this is happening on campus all the time, as students don’t realize that they have an unhealthy relationship with their phones. The only real difference I saw between that scene and what I see every day, is that students wear head phones instead.

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  32. It was ironic that so many people were posting about seeing this on YikYak, taking pictures, and walking past the iPhone person while on their iPhones. Everyone wants to post online 24/7 to be “in the know” about everything and anything, and people can’t stay away from checking their phone constantly because of that want.

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  33. I really liked both of these videos, especially the first one because it shows people’s reactions to the iphone walking around the quad. Thats my favorite part because it is very eye opening to see people on their phones ESPECIALLY some not even noticing the huge walking iphone; which is so ironic since that is what the person in the iphone costume is trying to get attention towards. Also I feel as if all the social media posts shown on this video are also somewhat trying to prove the irony of how when we see something we want to share it on social media, even if it is about our phone addiction which is so ironic.

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  34. I think these 2 videos perfectly demonstrate how much of our lives technology has consumed. In the first video, I found it ironic that people didn’t even bother to do anything more than glance at the two actors. They were all either too busy on their phones, or laughing to even realize the true meaning of what was going on around them. I think this is important because it made me realize how little we value the world around us when we are on our electronic devices.

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  35. These two videos, the first one especially, were very insightful. The performance on the Quad was actually quite provocative and I do wonder how many students took it seriously. It is ironic how the event is quickly documented by students with their iPhones – furthering the point about our dependence on phones.

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  36. The videos are actually quite scary in the since that no one really seemed to get the point of the visual. It seemed that only one social media post talked about how this was a symbol of how technology is running our lives. The other comments were trying to be humorous and I do not feel like they understood the seriousness of what was walking beside them.

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  37. So often, even within my friend group and family, I’m reminded of how true this really is. You invite someone somewhere, like just walking across the street to grab lunch, and the first thing they do is say “let me grab my phone.” Then they end up spending at least 50% of the time on their phone, completely removed from conversation. I know it may not be true about everyone, but to me its obvious who owns who in today’s society.

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  38. This video is the honest truth that most of us don’t want to admit. We are all so addicted and engaged in our phones that we don’t even realize what is going on around us. We care so much about what is on our phone ( which usually isn’t that important) that we are missing out on the world around us.

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  39. I never thought of Iphones as being owners of humans but once the connection was made, I could not agree more. I really enjoyed this video and it got its point across very well to me. I really hope that this video stands out to others as much as it is intended to. It made me slightly upset that people were taking pictures and snapchats of the human phone because they were taking part in the issue that was being brought up.

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  40. This is the very sad but true reality of today’s world. Whether or not we want to admit it, our phones control our lives and mater way more to us than they should. They completely control how we go about our day and interact with others.

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  41. These videos do a great job in visually displaying what is wrong with technology in our society today. While watching the videos I noticed many of the students who were on their cell phones simply shrugged it off and continued looking at their devices, while those who weren’t on their phones were the ones who really took it in and acknowledged the display.

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  42. I am ashamed to say that I can relate to both of these videos. At first when I watched them I just laughed it off but then I started drawing connections to my own life. The second video in particular was a bit of a wake up call to me.

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  43. I find quite funny and scary because these two videos accurately portray addiction of this generation is to their phones. The first video showed us how much our phones controls our everyday lives. The second video showed the satisfaction and the need for an connection with technology. It showed that we always go to our phone before we do anything.

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  44. I agree with all the people who have said that this video accurately portrays our reality of cell phone addiction. I thought it was even worse when i saw people walked by this performance art and didn’t notice it because they were too busy on their cell phones. I think that really hit the nail on the head.

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  45. These videos are an accurate description of our generations relationships with our phones. Many people make friends and develop awkward relationships by using social media to meet new people and call these shallow relationships friendships. I thinks its ironic that some students in the video took pictures, most likely snapchats, of what was going on in the video.

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  46. This video surely shows the side of the phone that most of us don’t see, as I can agree. Really we don’t have control of our phones, the phones control us. We need to take back control of our lives and put down the phones, get conversation back out of the digital world, and get back to who we really are.

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  47. When I watched these videos it was sad to watch because I know it’s true that a lot of people actually are controlled by their phones but it was refreshing to see that not as many people were walking around on their phones during the video as I thought they were going to be. I think people at younger ages should these videos as well because young people are the future and it starts with them to keep future generations from being enslaved by technology.

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  48. Honestly, these videos were not surprising. We all look at our phones on our walk to class and even during class. Our iPhones are always with us everywhere we go. I hope the students who saw this on the quad realized the true meaning of this and didn’t just think it was weird or funny.

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  49. Woo time to be the unpopular opinion! While the two demonstrations were very powerful, I found the iPhone walking it’s human one to be more aggravating than informative and eye opening. I remember seeing it and I got the completely wrong message. I thought it was some kind of kinky bondage thing rather than a message about how we are controlled by our phones. The video only made it worse with the background noise, quick cuts, and zooming while filming. It could have been a very powerful short video if they put more effort into it. The second demonstration was much better in my opinion because the song was adding context and humor, amplifying it’s intended effect of making the guy look ridiculous. The second video was a bit better, but again there were unnecessary cuts from the iPhone to the classroom making it largely incoherent.

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  50. These two videos about the giant iPhones is a symbol of our societies use of technology. We have encompassed cell phones into our everyday life that it becomes a part of us, it goes everywhere with us. We let technology, especially cell phones, control who we are.

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    1. I agree with Ashlyn, it seems that people have become so heavily dependent on a piece of technology that has so recently become widely used by the majority of the population. When we were younger, very rarely would everyone in a household have a cell phone but now it seems that children are given their own personal phones before they are even proficient with their spelling and reading. This has seriously impacted children, as they now will turn towards their phones for entertainment rather than playing outside with friends, reading, or using their imagination in some way.

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  51. I agree with Ashlyn’s comments. It has become enveloped in our lives that we don’t even realize when someone is walking right in front of us, almost literally. There have been many times when I have been physically gotten run over by a person on their cell phone on the quad. It has consumed our lives, particularly here at JMU on the quad.

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  52. I was surprised by the number of students who simply walked by the two actors in the first video without giving them a glance. It seemed that most of them were distracted on their phones (ironic). I think these videos have a very powerful message. The first shows how humans can be controlled by technology if they allow it to and the other shows how people can become overly attached to their phones. People cannot go anywhere without them.

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