A down­side to ma­te­ri­al­ism is our in­abil­ity to build re­la­tion­ships

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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

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