A Los Angeles man has taken smartphone obsession to worrying new levels after marrying his mobile. Aaron Chervenak tied the knot with his iPhone at a chapel in Las Vegas (where else?) in a rather bold statement about the relationships we have with our phones.
The happy day was documented by Kaspersky Lab and uploaded to YouTube. In the video, Chervenak waxes lyrical about the role smartphones play in our lives, which he believes mimics our relationships with real people.
"If we're going to be honest with ourselves, we connect with our phones on so many emotional levels," he said. "We look to it for solace, to calm us down, to put us to sleep, to ease our minds. To me, that's what a relationship is about so in a sense, my smartphone has been my longest relationship. That's why I decided to see what it was like to actually marry a phone."
While we have serious doubts about the merits of this statement, Chervenak was undeterred. After finding a venue willing to wed him to his phone, the groom-to-be donned his tuxedo and headed for the Little Las Vegas Chapel in his pink Cadillac where his smartphone, in a white case, was waiting.
The ceremony ended with Chervenak placing the ring, which was actually his phone, on to his finger as the couple were announced husband and smartphone. Before you hit the panic button, the marriage wasn't actually legally binding because, thankfully, society hasn't yet sunk to those levels of insanity. Also, it would have posed all manner of head-scratchers when Chervenak would want to trade for a younger model. Instead, the LA-based director said the marriage was a "symbolic gesture to show how precious our smartphones are becoming".
"I'm trying to ask the hard questions as to what this relationship means," he said. "I'm trying to go as far as I can to explore that."
We think you've gone far enough, Mr Chervenak.