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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

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