Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good

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Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good

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Life for anyone but the very rich — the physical experience of learning, living and dying — is increasingly mediated by screens.

Not only are screens themselves cheap to make, but they also make things cheaper. Any place that can fit a screen in (classrooms, hospitals, airports, restaurants) can cut costs. And any activity that can happen on a screen becomes cheaper. The texture of life, the tactile experience, is becoming smooth glass.

The rich do not live like this. The rich have grown afraid of screens. They 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. Conspicuous human interaction — living without a phone for a day, quitting social networks and not answering email — has become a status symbol.

All of this has led to a curious new reality: Human contact is becoming a luxury good.
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Post by Vulture »

I'd argue that it isn't the rich, it's simply the intelligent. I know plenty of people with too much money that are stupid with screens infiltrating every aspect of their lives. But, it makes a snazzy headline when you say it's about being rich. The NYT is such a rag.
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Post by juice »

For some, a minimum of human contact is a luxury.
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