Mobile phones create distance between generations in China

Although mobile phones, portable computers and similar devices have served to bring together people who would otherwise lose touch with each other, they have also created a digital divide between young people and their older relatives, causing squabbles and discontent.The upcoming Seniors’ Day holiday, which falls on Oct. 23 this year, has led netizens and scholars to renew calls for valuing and respecting the elderly, particularly in a day and age when many young people have difficulty prying themselves away from their smartphones and other devices.

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