If Central Perk was around today, it would likely be filled with people starring at their iPhones. This was the point Friends actor Jennifer Aniston made recently while appearing on Ariana Huffington‘s new Thrive Global Podcast, and we couldn’t agree more.
“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,” said Aniston. “There would be no actual episodes or conversations.”
Usually when we think of Friends it’s about the comedy, but this point was particularly depressing. Sure, it could be fun to think of how the characters would be different with smartphones. Monica would have a huge following on Instagram thanks to her food pictures. Phoebe would have been the next Rebecca Black, and gone viral with “Smelly Cat.” Joey would be on every dating app ever created. Rachel would be styling celebrities thanks to her successful OOTD Instagram account. Chandler would be getting into fights with people on Twitter and Ross would be correcting people’s knowledge of dinosaurs on Reddit boards.
But really, with the inclusion of smartphones, pivotal (pivot!) Friends episodes would not have been possible.
Ross and Rachel would have seen Janice’s pregnancy pictures and labor updates on social media and made sure they went to a different hospital.
Phoebe could have just looked up It’s A Wonderful Life on Rotten Tomatoes and found out that it ends on a happy note.
Arguments over things like ‘what the opposite of wearing nothing would look like,’ or ‘who should get the bigger apartment’ would be settled with a quick poll on Twitter.
Everyone would have taken an Uber when they needed to leave the city instead of riding in Phoebe’s cab.
Monica and Chandler’s relationship would have totally popped up on an Instagram story and only stayed a secret for about five minutes.
The identity of ugly naked guy would have been solved in Season 1 with some light online stalking.
Joey and Chandler would have spent all their time at Central Perk streaming Baywatch.
Everyone would have remembered ‘Red Ross’ because Ross would have hashtagged the event.
Most importantly, Ross and Rachel’s ‘break’ would have also been clearer because Ross would have changed his Facebook status to ‘It’s Complicated.’
In addition to killing Friends 2017, Aniston also discussed what life is like with smartphones. “If I think back before devices, I’m trying to think first, which came first, my bad sleeping habits or a device?” said Aniston. “I honestly think I used to sleep beautifully and I don’t think I attributed to the fact that these phones came into our lives that have actually started to disrupt our sleep.” We call this, The One Where Everyone Is Kept Up By Their Phones. This episode could air seven days a week.
While Friends may not have survived in 2017, not all technological advancements have been negative. This includes podcasts. You can listen to Ariana Huffington’s Thrive Global Podcast any time on the iHeartRadio App.