ASHWINI DAS­GUPTA

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Hyp­nother­a­pist

To be hon­est, I don’t see how this is even a rel­e­vant ues­tion. f course it is un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour to dis­re­spect the peo­ple you are with by be­ing buried in your phone, ad­dicted to so­cial me­dia. ow­ever, hav­ing said that, what ex­actly is one go­ing to do about it? nd while this ‘ hub­bing’, is un­ac­cept­able to us par­ents or other se­niors, they seem to be okay with it. on­estly, the fu­ture is theirs and some day, they will find a way to tech­no­log­i­cally scale this up into a use­ful and pro­duc­tive means and be­hav­iour too. n in­di­vid­ual may choose to not give their time over a meal or a cof­fee or even a busi­ness meet­ing to a per­son who is un­able to be fully pre­sent with them. That per­haps, may be the only sen­si­ble and ra­tio­nal way to gen­tly dis­cour­age the habit. y hope is that this too shall pass...and my fear is that some­thing more ob ec­tion­able may take its place. But again, the young are the guardians of the fu­ture, and to them falls the task of keep­ing our hu­man-ness alive in the face of this ex­po­nen­tially in­va­sive tech­nol­ogy.

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