It’s a sad irony that we can connect with our friends around the world via Skype or a dozen other apps, yet we’re increasingly isolated and lonely and increasingly dependent on artificial companionship.

When I first moved to the USA I noted how people were attempting to achieve happiness by means of buying things, and thus the more they attempted to satisfy their basic human needs the further away they got because things don’t bring happiness. Apparently the world is going the same way now, so the more “connected” we are the further away from one another we become.

Personally I think more people should do what I do, which is I turn off my phone for at least 16 hours per day. And I read books. And I talk to people. All the time.

Anyone who enjoys my articles here on Medium may be interested in my books Why Democracy Failed and The Praying Ape, both available from Amazon.

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