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Jennifer Aniston: iPhone to blame for no 'Friends' reboot

Commentary: The former "Friends" star says that Ross, Rachel and the rest would never talk to each other.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


She fears technology is killing art. Or, at least, the art of conversation.

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You've likely been pining for years.

You've probably shared your pining with all your Facebook friends.

You're desperate to know whether Joey is now a professor, Rachel had fourteen children and Ross is on his third marriage.

Sadly, you may never know. Even more sadly, you may never see a remake of "Friends."

Though rumors of a "Friends" reunion have wafted around for years, Jennifer Aniston -- Rachel herself -- has just declared it unlikely, as is a reboot. The reason? Why, technology.

"We were jokingly saying that if 'Friends' was created today, you would have a coffee shop full of people that were just staring into iPhones," she told the Thrive Global Podcast with iHeart Radio. "There would be no actual episodes or conversations."

I'm not sure whether they'd be staring into their iPhones. They'd just as likely be staring into their MacBooks. So many coffee shops these days are full of people communing with their PCs.

"They are designed to literally hijack our minds and to create this addiction to the screen," said Aniston of our pocket computers.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

One can see, though, Aniston's point. Even when we're out to dinner, our phones are perched on the table, panting for our attention. How often have you seen couples not staring into each other's eyes and fulfilling each other's needs, but instead looking down into Facebook feeds?

I fear, though, that Aniston hasn't stretched her imagination far enough. Why, only last Sunday The New York Times wrote effusively about coffee shops that refuse to offer Wi-Fi, in the hope that customers will actually talk to each other.

Please imagine, then, Chandler, Ross and Monica have opened one of those cafés in New York. It's called Why-Fi? or Cheers For Fears.

There, they observe the renaissance of the art of conversation, as younger New Yorkers share tales of their relationship woes, while the owners teach them how to talk, look into each other's eyes and pout about no one ever loving them.

I think it would be an enormous success.

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