PHUKET: Life today is inundated with myriad marvelous advances in technology, not least in the realm of personal telecommunications. I canít go anywhere without encountering the latest news, entertainment, music or point of view being delivered by a screen a short distance away, a friend within range of such a screen, or by someoneís smart phone.

Even on this idyllic paradise isle, people are turning to their phones for instant communication satisfaction, often at the expense of those sharing their real time and space, like the person who has accepted their invitation to lunch, (ďHang on a minute.

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