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Celling Your Soul: No App for Life

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Earnest docu about communicating in the digital age.

Movie NR 2015 48 minutes
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This earnest, well-meaning documentary aims to open viewers' eyes to how much they rely on digital communication, and the skills and genuine emotions they're in danger of losing because of it. The group of older teens Celling Your Soul follows as they try the "digital cleanse" are relatable and articulate; following their stories raises a lot of issues important to teens coming of age in the smartphone era. Professor Siani, who also directed the film, is engaging as she argues the benefits of learning how to interact and communicate in person.

It does beg a few questions, though. Like whether there are other things that have us checking our phones dozens of times a day besides social media updates and text messages. Or any proposed solutions to teaching communication skills to kids who've used texting their whole lives. Or whether digital life is different for nonwhite people, or people without financial security. But it does provide a lot of important food for thought that teens, families, classmates, and friends should digest and talk about.

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