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Jennifer Aniston: ‘Friends’ could never happen today because of millennials and their cellphones

Friends couldn’t work in 2017 because we’re too attached to our cellphones. (Photo via NBC)

For us, millennials, we grew up in the sitcom age with shows like Seinfeld, Family Matters, Home Improvement, Will & Grace and Friends. Yet former Friends star Jennifer Aniston, who portrayed Rachel Green, doesn’t think shows like hers could exist with the advance of technology.

In an interview with HuffPost co-founder and former editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington on her debut episode of “The Thrive Global Podcast,” Aniston said that the digital age of millennials being attached to their smart phones would ultimately kill the show that debuted in 1994.

“If Friends was created today, you would have a coffee shop full of people that were just staring into iPhones,” Aniston said, “There would be no actual episodes or conversations.”

Aniston certainly has a point. And some shows have had to adapt to the use of digital communications. Programs like Netflix’s House of Cards created graphics of text messages above the character’s smartphone to add more depth to the story.

Staring at your smart phone or tablet device has become so ingrained in our culture that some think it’s insane to just sit silently with your thoughts.

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