The downside of mobile phones... By Zia
12 February, 2013
Recent cellular service bans by the government, however cumbersome they may be, have offered me a moment of self-reflection. It has dawned on me how cellular phones have impacted personal interactions between family and friends but, more importantly, how they have dictated our lives. I cannot remember the last time I had a meal with my family in which we all bonded over the dinner table; the incessant buzzing/notifications have become a regular feature of everyone's dinner table and, resultantly, lead to distracted meals.
Over the weekend, I came across a television series that touched upon the importance of open communication and meal time conversations between family and friends to resolve tensions, cherish memories and create new ones. Pakistani society has fallen victim to a fast paced life. Sitting together as a family and enjoying the simple moments of life, which is regarded as an innate activity, has now become a novelty. While people might regard the disintegration of personal interaction with family and friends as futile, it is important to illustrate that it is these small things that bind people together. We need to make a conscious effort to save these little societal and family traditions of togetherness because moments spent with your loved ones are the moments you cherish forever.
K ZIA KHAN