Louis C.K. Opens Up to Conan About His Dislike of Cellphones

Comedian says people, especially kids, hide emotions behind their cell phones.
2:04 | 09/23/13

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Transcript for Louis C.K. Opens Up to Conan About His Dislike of Cellphones
And finally tonight someone unlikely is speak up for a lot of americans, louis c.K., A comedian, has created a sensation by ranting about smartphones and texting and the loss of simple human kindness and connection. Abc's nick watt on the famous comedian and that speech that has everyone talking. Reporter: This past weekend apple sold 9 million iphones. One in five people on this planet now owns a smartphone and grouchy funny man louis c.K. Just told conan he's had enough. I think these things are toxic, especially for kids. U.S. Just this thing, it's bad. And they don't look at people when they talk to them and they don't build empathy. Reporter: This existential rant struck a major nerve, 4 million views sporting a smartphone backlash. 23 million people have watched charlene deGuzman's new short film, "i forgot my phone," we're not staying in the moment anymore because we're looking at our phones and lots of special moments are passing us by. Reporter: Many have restricts. Phone in a different room on weekends and ever heard of phone stack. Leave it on the table during dinner. If you pick it up, you also go to pick up the check. I have a new game when I'm driving around los angeles i count how many people I spot on their cell phones. Lady walking her dog. Guy having lunch. Guy at the bus stop. I stopped counting at 50. I'm not judging these people. I caught myself looking up soccer scores rather than playing with my kids. But I don't even like stoeshg. You need to build an ability to be yourself and not be doing something. Okay, I'm getting sad. Got to get the phone and write "hi" to like 50 people. A good evening to all of you then somebody cool writes back and somebody not to cool writes back and , somebody better. Reporter: The irony, most of us watched louis c.K. Probably on our iphones. I did. Nick watt, abc news, los angeles.

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