Here's the Short Animation Everyone With a Smartphone Should See

A woman is so engrossed in her phone that she sits on her cat, crushing it. She rattles a chair, sending a cake flying into the face of the man behind her — who is, of course, too busy texting to notice. A doctor gives a patient an injection, but misses his butt, stabbing him in the head instead.

Fortunately, all of the above comes from an animation, not real life. 

Min Alxe, a student at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, created "Life Smartphone," a darkly funny commentary on our culture's smartphone dependence. It shows different characters moving through the world and dying gruesome deaths while not paying attention to what's around them.

Source: YouTube
Source: YouTube
Source: YouTube

Some of these risks aren't unrealistic. Exploding planets and rampant deaths aside, "Life Smartphone" is inspired by a few very real smartphone-influenced maladies that affect today's society. Prolonged phone use can have adverse effects on health: Some people exhibit vision loss, others have wrist problems and finger numbness. In 2012, a British study concluded over 60% of study participants suffered from nomophobia — the fear of being without mobile contact.

There's even a condition called "text neck," poor posture resulting from extended phone use, which can lead to spinal issues

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The animation is as silly as it is morbid. But it's a frightening glimpse into a dystopian future, revealing what could happen if we simply never look up from the screens in front of us.

Source: YouTube

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