The Documentary LIKE achieves the impossible: actually getting kids and teens to put down their phones for a few minutes.
On November 22, Bloomfield Hills Schools will hold a special screening of the documentary in the Bloomfield Hills High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m., to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders, and experts.
This screening was brought to BHS in collaboration with the BHHS PTO.
This take-action, inspiring film is the second installment in the award-winning iNDIEFLIX Mental Health Trilogy, created to entertain, engage, and enlighten about issues surrounding mental health. Before Covid-19, 2 billion smartphone owners were checking their phones, on average, 150 times a day, and the enforced isolation and mandated screen time of the past year has only increased this figure. Research continues to confirm that having your head down, staring at the screen, chasing “likes” and seeking “followers” is the perfect recipe for low self-esteem, isolation, and depression, as well as loss of focus and patience.
The filmmakers of LIKE inspire kids and teens to consider a life of JOMO (joy of missing out) as opposed to FOMO. They use their proven 4 E formula: entertainment, empathy, enlightenment and a heavy dose of empowerment, arming their audiences with easy-to-execute strategies to change their habits that very same day. Research and data is plentiful: happiness surges when we have digital balance, not overload; when we give ourselves time to look at actual trees, animals and all things nature, as well as interact – however we can - with other humans.