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I don’t like unsolicited sales calls. Companies acquire phone numbers somehow and the calls keep coming. Though, the calls have greatly reduced, I get text messages in great numbers now from websites to which I had registered online and from sources I have no clue of (how they got hold of my number). I feel compelled to attend calls or check messages. If I visit a site, I keep getting advertisements from that site even on other websites that I am navigating online. When I switch on radio while driving, the endless, almost always nonsensical chatter of the radio jockey interrupts listening to songs. In shopping malls or supermarket stores, someone on the mike shouts out deals for the day or a salesperson quietly creeps up to you and asks you to fill up your contact details for a free cheap pen.
In a world where businesses are constantly seeking your attention, silence becomes difficult to find. When cell phones, headphones, or computers constantly keep us occupied, we socialize less; we seek new company lesser; and being curious about others and building new friendships becomes less prevalent. Luxury in today’s world can mean that we can buy silence, and attention (to things we want to truly attend to and not get distracted by other things). These are precious resources in today’s world.