So­cial me­dia takes over fam­ily time and there’s not even a chance to sit down and share a meal

Sowetan - - Opinion -

So­cial me­dia plat­forms are meant to make our lives sim­pler, bet­ter and faster but guess what we do? Abuse them all the time.

I can’t re­mem­ber when, as a fam­ily, we had a meal around the table be­cause every­one is ei­ther chat­ting, SMSing or tweet­ing.

The best we can do is to run to the near­est spaza shop and grab a kota or junk food as we are al­ways too busy and oc­cu­pied on our cell­phones to cook a proper meal.

No won­der our kids are chal­lenged by obe­sity.

Con­ver­sa­tions are al­ways cut short and in­ter­rupted by cell­phones.

Have you ever asked your­selves why we have such a high di­vorce rate? It is be­cause cell­phones con­trib­ute to trust is­sues.

Many road ac­ci­dents are caused by cell­phones di­vert­ing our con­cen­tra­tion lev­els and re­duc­ing our driv­ing abil­ity. When will it stop?

Even fu­ner­als, where the mood should be som­bre, have been re­duced to cir­cuses. They have be­come par­ties and com­edy shows. Mourn­ers are too busy shoot­ing videos of the cas­ket, food and plates.

Can we be ap­pre­cia­tive of be­ing blessed, priv­i­leged and ad­van­taged by hav­ing cell­phones rather than re­gret­ting hav­ing them?

McDivett Khum­bu­lani Tshehla

Half­way House

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