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Slaves to Chat

Just because we can, doesn’t mean we have to, say those who advise reconnecting with the real world.

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  • Newspaper section: Asia focus
  • Writer: Nithi Kaveevivitchai
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Online chatting, texting and social networking have become everyday tools for communicating with friends and family and for obtaining breaking information from across the globe in real time at almost no cost. 

For many, chat and text messaging have replaced voice phone calls as the preferred means of staying in touch. Millions of people, on waking in the morning, feel their day hasn’t properly begun until they’ve turned on their devices to see what happened while they were sleeping.

Yes, chat is easier, faster, and makes some of us feel less uncomfortable when we are in an environment we want to escape and pretend we are not really there. We can just pick up our devices, retreat into the world of the smartphone or tablet screen, and ignore whatever is surrounding us.

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