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Smartphones put family ties on hold (2)

(Xinhua)

10:02, October 20, 2012

"They rarely talk to me, let alone thank me for taking care of their child," Wang said.

She once proposed holding a family meeting to discuss the matter, but her idea was rejected by her son, who said there was nothing to talk about. "All I want to do is chat with them," Wang said.

Dinner is traditionally a time to communicate and socialize, as friends and family talk about their day.

However, the diversified functions of smartphones are challenging this custom, as more and more young people prefer to fiddle with their mobile phones than to talk face-to-face.

Experts believe young people's "intimacy" with smartphones has jeopardized interpersonal relations and altered people's communication methods.

Zhang Youde, a sociologist with Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, said the "human-to-human" communication style has turned into a "human-to-mobile" style, making people feel more isolated and exacerbating the effects of the generation gap.

"The elderly, who are used to face-to-face interactions, have been left behind in the information era," said Zhang.

As most Chinese young people are the only child in the family, they have become their parents' sole target for communication.

Zhang advises young people to consider their parents' feelings and communicate more with them.

Su Hao with the Academy of Social Sciences of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region said information technology has helped people expand their capacity for socializing and save time in communication, but it has also led to a dependence on mobile devices.

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