New movie looks at the life of today's iPhone and Snapchat-addicted screenagers

A new film opened yesterday in select theaters, and it realistically captures today's screenagers as they navigate life addicted to their smartphones and social media apps. The film, "Eighth Grade," focuses on 13-year old Kayla (played by Elsie Fisher) who is constantly using her iPhone to access Snapchat (including the AR-powered Lens feature), Instagram and other apps. And she's far from being alone. All of her friends in school also sport iPhone models and view social media apps.

The film tracks Kayla's life for a week and was a hit during Sundance 2018. The movie is a reflection of who teens are and what they are doing these days. Consider that the latest Pew survey reveals that 45% of teens use the internet "almost constantly" (compared to the 24% who said the same thing back in 2014-2015), and that nearly a quarter of teens say that social media has a mostly negative impact on their lives, and you can see that the film's script is "straight from the headlines." And yes, that includes a scene showing an active-shooter drill in the high school that Kayla attends.

If you have a screenager at home, you will definitely have a better understanding of how and why this age group is susceptible to smartphone addiction after you see the film. Many in this age bracket are so upset about their own body image that constantly looking at screens all day allows them to take their mind off how they look so they can focus on others.

To make the movie feel real (which it does), all of the Instagram accounts and social media posts in the film are real. Production assistants for the movie stood off-camera and sent texts and DMs to Kayla's iPhone at the appropriate time. The movie's creator, director and writer Bo Burnham originally had Kayla use Facebook until he was told that kids favor Snapchat these days.

"Eighth Grade" feels real because it is real. It was filmed at Suffern Middle School in Suffern, New York using actual students and teachers as extras. You can check out the trailer for the movie by clicking on the video at the top of this story.

source: A24 via NBC



18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Seems like an interesting movie, especially for kids that age. And it's not so much about the iPhone at all, just that age and the pressures of belonging to a group and social media

6. ahmadkun

Posts: 711; Member since: May 02, 2016

In my country, people keep getting iphone or any apple product just to show that they can afford experience brands .. I like iphone and apple products but i'm just staying away from it just to not look like them..

1. htcisthebest

Posts: 440; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

I knew this is Alan's iphone-biased article just by reading the title.

2. Alan01

Posts: 670; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

You got me. It has nothing to do with the fact that most of the students are using an iPhone. BTW, that is called sarcasm. And you know what, the best phone I ever owned was the HTC One (M8), so before you start accusing me of an iPhone bias, why don't you nicely ask me which phones I've owned since 2007. Ok, I'll tell you. Original Apple iPhone LG Voyager (non smartphone) BlackBerry Storm Motorola DROID Motorola DROID 3 Motorola DROID 4 HTC DNA (another phone I loved) HTC One (M8) Motorola DROID Turbo Apple iPhone 5 (loaner) Motorola Moto Z Force Droid LG G5 And on my wish list is the Pixel 2 XL, BlackBerry KEY2 and maybe the Moto Z3 Play. Yeah, you can clearly see that I have an iPhone bias. Regards, Alan

3. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Why do you feel the need to defend yourself with these senseless comments... you don't get paid enough to fight off these grown men who come to the comments are cry about Apple every day (especially when this site is ad-ridden and atrocious on both on mobile and desktop - assuming everyone uses an adblocker like me). Smile at the sad man and move on :) I enjoy your articles, keep them coming Mr Alan.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You are one to talk, you are always bit*hing on Samsung articles.

10. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

My loyalties belong to Apple, the greatest company to grace this mortal earth. I actually don't visit Samsung articles often, nice try though.

16. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

Most iFans don't know what to do in between the yearly iRapture events. For some of them, perhaps those whose iFaith is faltering, there is a need to make all these mockups of the upcoming iHolyDevices, to tide them over until their patron, Saint Ive, brings down the real thing from iHeaven. Baaaaaa mbaaaaaa

15. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

End off the day you still worship praise devote your soul to Apple, you Apple fanatic.

17. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

r.i.p lg g5....nice phone but bootloop victim :(...lg g4 same as well awesome but bootloop and lg well not get on very well

4. Foxgabanna unregistered

If he thinks HTC is the best I must have a small cock and reality says, that's a lie! Keep it up Alan.

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I think that’s what he thinks. Strange thing to admit and who really cares about anything about you.

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Well, it's his opinion.. If he think HTC is the best FOR HIM, then it's true for him. If you think your cock is small, then it's true for you. I respect your opinion, you know more than any of us in that matter.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Well, it's his opinion.. If he think HTC is the best FOR HIM, then it's true for him. If you think your cock is small, then it's true for you. I respect your opinion, you know more than any of us in that matter.

8. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

iPhone X is my favorite phone. Please don’t confuse that with fact and if I feel that an iPhone is my favorite than I am probably gonna favor them in my coments. All of you weird......really weird people that stick up for any manufactures likes it’s there favorite sports team have got to take a step back. Look at it from an open mind and know that they all are great phones. Give them all a chance. A lot of you say the dumbest crap because sombody has a different opinion. Makes you look dumb. Grow up.

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It's human nature, it happens with phones, football teams, car brands and it gets worse with people with low self-esteem

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I don't think it's Alan per se because the generic name for smartphones in the US is iPhone. Like Hoover for a vacuum cleaner and Xerox for a photocopy. They've simply been brainwashed whilst ignoring the fact that most smartphones, regardless of price, have the same capabilities. The iPhone is the most successful marketing voodoo in history (after religion) with people literally selling their tech freedom to Apple.

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