From food to movies, we don’t connect anymore
Loneliness is a big problem everywhere. The cell phones make it more convenient to communicate with people who are far away, but you don’t shake hands or have a meal together.
I feel this is why we are seeing more divorces, because people aren’t able to tolerate each other anymore. There is growing intolerance everywhere. People just don’t take the time to know the other person. Social media makes communication brief, you even have a limitation of characters. Earlier, if you wanted to watch a movie, you would take a friend or your cousin. You couldn’t go alone to the theatre! Today, most of the latest movies can be watched through online subscriptions. You even order food online — a person you don’t know makes it, and another stranger delivers it. You simply put in all your preferences into the app and don’t even need to physically pay the person.
It is like the sci-fi movies of the 1970s, and if people then saw how we are living, they would ask us why. But now, that’s life.
From Mr Samer Shaher Ashour
Civil engineer living in Abu Dhabi