Human contact is now a luxury good

What we’ve been seeing lately is that we are all surrounded by screens.

But this article suggests that physical experience is only decreasing for those with less financial income. As more screens appear in the lives of the poor, screens are disappearing from the lives of the rich. The richer you are, the more you spend to be offscreen. The rich want their children to play with blocks and tech-free private schools are booming. Humans are more expensive and rich people are willing and able to pay for them. The chief executive of the Luxury Institute summarizes this phenomenon by saying “What we are seeing now is the luxurification of human engagement”

This is a swift change. Since the 1980s personal computer boom, having technology at home and on your person had been a sign of wealth and power. Today, the opposite is true.

Children who spent more than 2 hours a day looking at a screen got lower scores on thinking and language test. A toddler who learns to build with virtual blocks in an iPad game gains no ability to build with actual blocks.  Nowadays, the classes have been replaced by software in the schools that have a tight budget.  Teachers are expensive. In Silicon Valley, time on screen is increasingly seen as unhealthy. So the schools in here, promise a back to nature, nearly screen free education.

There is a system which is developed for the elderly named Care Coach. This is a basic animation on the screen that is helping patients stay healthy, improving compliance, and reducing preventable healthcare costs. It really works and people who use them are satisfied. Because as I said, human contact is a luxury good.

 

 

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