More and more road accidents are caused by texting and talking on the phone while driving.

A FIERCE-LOOKING wife confronts her husband and screams: “It is lunchtime. Have you finished saying ‘Good Morning’ on your WhatsApp groups?”

In another irony of life, we got mad when people read our diaries those days. Now we put everything on Facebook and we get mad when people don’t read them.

Social media and smartphones, in many ways, dictate our lives. When you are sitting with your friends for lunch or dinner, it doesn’t take a long time before someone takes a look or fiddles with their phone.

Even airline cabin staff are having difficulty telling passengers to switch off their phone when planes are about to take off.

Psychologists say the problem of looking at our mobile devices constantly is both social and physiological.

All age groups are equally guilty of the so-called mobile phone addiction.

A study in the US in 2010 found that adolescents ages 8 to 18 spent more than 7.5 hours a day consuming media.

The digital addictions have continued to rule our lives, according to a New York Times report. In 2015, the Pew Research Center reported that 24 per cent of teenagers are “almost constantly” online.

Most adults spend 10 hours a day or more consuming electronic media, according to Nielsen’s Total Audience Report from last year, NYT said.

Also, more and more road accidents are caused by texting and talking on the phone while driving.

Well, what’s the best cure for digital addiction? It is not about discarding your mobile devices.

The best way is to encourage face-to-face conversation and never be the first person in the group to take out his or her phone.

jalil@nst.com.my

A Jalil Hamid feels in a digital world, the winner does not always take all.

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