The Strathmore High School 25/35 dance class opened their show 'Can We Autocorrect Humanity?' on Thursday evening. The program is focusing on how social media and cell phones have overtaken our lives.
Each dance created was based on a real experience each student has gone through, the pieces focus on cyberbullying, addiction to your phone, texting, and driving and learning how to put your phone down to reconnect. Depression is increasing in teens according to Youth Mental Health Canada the total number of 12-19-year-olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is an incredible 3.2 million.
The students want to encourage the audience to truly think about how much time they are on their cell phones and away from actual human connection. Nowadays it's easy to hide behind a keyboard and not realize the damage that can be done with the stroke of a few keys.
Director Deanne Bertsch and the students wanted to create awareness about how often we are looking down at our phones, they are powerful tools but to see the importance of taken time away from them.
They hope this production can help people to see the world around them without the need to always been on a phone.
The students will be presenting this show Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.