Could You Survive a Day Without Your Phone?

Could You Survive a Day Without Your Phone?


MILES: Oh my god. I’m already having
a panic attack. Oh, man. I can’t do this right now. VERONICA BELMONT: Hey, everyone. I’m Veronica Belmont. Now, people have been
obsessed with technology for a really long time. But in the past
six months or so, things have gotten
a little weird. Back in September, people waited
in line for like 36 hours, waiting to get their hands on
a brand new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Last month, a Google Inbox
invite went for $200 on eBay. Can I remind you that
those things are free? And we tend to think
that having the latest, greatest technology
will make us cooler. But the real cool kids
are eschewing technology. They are re-Ludditifying. If that’s not a word,
I just invented it. For example, Anna Wintour
was caught recently using a 10-year-old flip phone. That is old school. Christopher Nolan doesn’t even
have an email address, let alone a cellphone. And Kim Kardashian apparently
prefers her BlackBerry to an iPhone. Does a BlackBerry
even have Instagram? So we figure if
Kimye can do it, we should all aspire
to be the same. So Miles, I am issuing
you a low-tech challenge. MILES: All right. VERONICA BELMONT: You’re
going to do three tasks. And all you have is this
flip phone and a map book. Good luck. MILES: What is this phone? Bye. VERONICA BELMONT: It’s old. Low-tech challenge number
one, drive to a location. MILES: I got this
Thomas Guide, which is an old, ancient
map of Los Angeles. Rosedale, Rosecrest. Wait, what? It’s the right county, right? I really miss my phone. OK, OK, OK. Yes! VERONICA BELMONT: Opening up the
Maps app– 1800 Rose Cran– oh, autofilled. And there we go. [DING] MILES: Sadly, this Thomas
Guide doesn’t give me an ETA with a nice
robot lady voice. It’s just saying, look at this. Figure it out. OK. So we’re at 300. Wait, that said 36. 401. OK. So we gotta get to 1800. Oh, Miles, you’re like
a modern day Magellan. I know it has to be in here,
and I’m looking for the numbers. 1800! Yes! We just pulled up to our
first destination, which looks like a bookstore,
so maybe they’re sending me to buy
some books for myself as a gift for being so cool. VERONICA BELMONT:
Low-tech challenge number two, research a simple question. Who was the most decorated
American combat soldier of World War II? MILES: A question
like this is answered within seconds with my phone. I google it. This has no Google. This has a “Tetris” game on it. OK, let me just go in here. New mystery, science fiction. Where’s like a
[BLEEP] encyclopedia? Do you have any idea who was the
most decorated American combat soldier of World War II? JERRY: Well, from
what I remember, the most celebrated
one was Audie Murphy. MILES: Thank you very much. MALE SPEAKER: Here it is. MILES: Yes! “The classic memoir of
World War II by America’s most decorated soldier.” VERONICA BELMONT: Who was the
most decorated (WHISPERING) combat solider of World War II? Oh, looks like it was Audie
Murphy, handsome chap. [DING] MILES: I feel so good right now. I don’t need Google. I just need the elderly
with a functional knowledge of history. VERONICA BELMONT: Our
final low-tech challenge, share a selfie with a friend. MILES: Photo shoot! Oh! Oh, wait. Now I have to find a
place to develop the film. I just realized that. FEMALE SPEAKER: AT&T
Directory Assistance. MILES: No, I’m not
looking for a flu shot. I was curious if you
guys have like a Fotomat to develop pictures. MALE SPEAKER: Oh, it’ll take
about two to three weeks. KELLY: This is Kelly. How can I help you? Two, three weeks. FEMALE SPEAKER: Well, we
don’t develop disposable ones. MILES: [GROAN] MALE SPEAKER: Yeah, we do that. Yeah, mhm. How about hour and a half, sir? MILES: OK. I’m going to take one last
picture with you, if that’s OK. Ah. Thank you so much. Hour and a half? Sounds good. [MUSIC PLAYING] (SINGING) I don’t
know [INAUDIBLE]. [SIGH] This is the worst
experience ever. Hey! MALE SPEAKER: Hey, how are you? MILES: I’m good. How are you? There you go. MALE SPEAKER: Out of $20. MILES: I think I’m
doing this one for sure. VERONICA BELMONT: Selfie time. [MUSIC PLAYING] Selfie. Now, we share. Super popular. Got all the likes. [DING] MILES: [SIGH] VERONICA BELMONT: You’re back! MILES: Yes. Can you like my selfie? VERONICA BELMONT: Oh, jeez. Yes. All right, wait. Does double tapping work? MILES: No. VERONICA BELMONT: No? OK. MILES: It’s kind of low-tech, so
you have to draw a heart on it. VERONICA BELMONT: Give
you a couple there. MILES: You are too kind. VERONICA BELMONT: Hearted. Very nice. MILES: Thank you. VERONICA BELMONT: So how was
the rest of the experience? MILES: It was a
crazy roller coaster. But luckily– shout out to my
man Jerry at the bookstore. [MUSIC PLAYING] VERONICA BELMONT: Do you
feel like cooler now? Do you feel– MILES: No. VERONICA BELMONT: –like
Kim K. and Anna Wintour? MILES: No. Those people are ridiculous. First of all, they may
think they’re cooler, but they have a support staff
that can use a smartphone. VERONICA BELMONT: So going
low-tech might not make you cooler, in like the Anna
Wintour, Kim Kardashian sense, famous people sense. But it does make
you more connected with your caveman brain. It connects you with
humanity as a whole. MILES: Exactly. VERONICA BELMONT: And I
think that’s a net positive. Maybe we should all
try it sometime. MILES: Would you try it? VERONICA BELMONT: No. MILES: Well, come back
Monday, because we’re going to have a very
special Thanksgiving turkey showdown, throwdown
extravaganza at Tastemade with some special guests. See you then. VERONICA BELMONT: Bye! [MUSIC PLAYING] MILES: Oh, y’all
are so beautiful. [CLICK]

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