A downside to materialism is our inability to build relationships
I write to you in reference to your article New measures needed to combat materialism in UAE, study finds (November 6): one of the downsides to materialism is that we are happy in the company of inanimate objects. We become more reserved and increasingly resistant to the idea of socialising. This is mostly because of our excessive use of smartphones and a fascination to lead virtual lives. Some of us do not even know our neighbours. Perhaps we are busy in the hustle and bustle of life, trying to make both ends meet. But we are social animals and need to take time out to reach out to those who live in the physical spaces around us. We must work harder at building and preserving human relationships.
Mathew Litty, Dubai