Date
22 October 2017
Hong Kong cartoonist Ma Long depicts the lack of communication among family members brought about by their addiction to their smartphones. Photo: Ma Long
Hong Kong cartoonist Ma Long depicts the lack of communication among family members brought about by their addiction to their smartphones. Photo: Ma Long

Are you spending more time on your phone than with family?

Local cartoonist Ma Long depicts in one of his recent works a family of three sharing a meal together but hardly talking to one another.

The family members are portrayed as giant smartphones, each busy instant messaging with other people.

Ubiquitous smartphones and internet availability are keeping the world constantly connected.

But at the same time, these devices seem to be disconnecting us from those we are supposed to be closest to.

Family members are engaged less in conversation, preferring to play with their own handsets, be it for gaming, surfing or texting.

I often see dating couples sitting across from each other in a cafe, each totally immersed in his or her mobile device rather than doing something romantic together.

Even when friends gather, people are busy checking their phones every five minutes.

Smartphone technology is discouraging face-to-face interaction and hurting the quality of time spent with our loved ones.

Obsessed with finding out what’s going on elsewhere, we are at the risk of missing the present moment and what is happening right in front of us.

The smartphone has brought great convenience, but we shouldn’t let it take over our life.

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