Cell phones are killing people

It’s very true that mobile addiction is killing human interaction (“Remove apps you don’t want, Facebook asks users”, Gulf News, April 16). Electronic gadgets form an inseparable part of our life. So much so that most of us cannot live without a mobile phone, whether it is for our professional or personal use. Globally, we all are connected within seconds and new modern technology has advanced a great deal. Now we use several social media platforms for communication. Things have come to such an extent that children feel like these modern gadgets are an important part of our lives, and cannot do without them. Nowadays, the emotional bond between parents and their children are not that strong. Nowadays children are exposed to electronic gadgets. They see them being used everywhere. People are so hooked on to their phones that it has become their ‘oxygen, which is required for survival’. Family parties and get-togethers see young and old people having no time to talk; everyone only texts or takes pictures. This new fad has caused discord among several families leading to break ups. The lack of communication between the elders and the younger generation has resulted in the lack of any warmth between people. This should be seriously addressed. I have decided to make sure that I communicate more with my children and spend time with them so that they are not forced to play with these virtual friends. It will make them find the time to meet my friends and interact with them in person. One thing is sure that human emotions can’t be found in electronic emojis.

From Mr Eappen Elias


The wealth they brought home

We were delighted to know that Indian ace badminton player, Kidambi Srikanth, was crowned as the World Number One player in Men’s Singles (“Lee seals Commonwealth Games hat-trick”, Gulf News, April 16). While we were expecting him to have an icing on this cake, by winning the Singles gold medal in the Commonwealth Games (CWG), it was disappointing to see him caving-in after taking a one set lead. That week did not belong to any of the Indian athletes as some of our Gold prospects had to settle for silver or bronze medals. Anyway, overall, it was a successful tournament. Our athletes were able to increase our gold medal tally as compared to those we won in Glasgow, in 2014. Well done girls and boys, we are proud of your achievements.

From Mr Ayush Srikanth


Following what footsteps

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) led opposition has called for a meeting of all opposition parties to chalk out new plans of action to protest on the Cauvery water issue. No doubt, the entire Tamil Nadu population is agitated and fully supports our farmers who are the worst sufferers. At the same time we request the Opposition parties to have a peaceful protest and allow the public to have a trouble-free life. Immolation is the worst way of protest, which the political leaders would have learned, the hard way. The leaders should stop from instigating its members to go to extreme measures. They should also guide their members not to destroy public and private properties like buses and trains, which belong to the people of Tamil Nadu. Hence, through this Gulf News columns we request our leaders to follow in the footsteps of the Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and to take part in a peaceful fast.

From Mr N. Mahadevan


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