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Obsession: Our attachment to our mobile phones is dominating our lives

Obsession: Our attachment to our mobile phones is dominating our lives

Obsession: Our attachment to our mobile phones is dominating our lives

I had a hospital appointment last week, my final session of post-operative physiotherapy and my first face-to-face meeting with the physiotherapist since the Covid crisis began.

I arrived a few minutes early, and as I sat in the waiting area I flicked through the messages and emails on my phone. Before I knew it I was preoccupied by what I was reading as a few issues emerged on the screen that needed dealing with as soon as my appointment was over.

The physiotherapist greeted me warmly; we had come to know one another ‘virtually’ and were glad to meet, although with both of us wearing face masks it couldn’t be described as a face-to-face encounter.