The tech addictions of the rich

The tech addictions of the rich

Lyda Rina, 21-year-old, law and economics student at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Photograph: Phnom Penh Post

As I approached the luxury two-storey home, which was more of a villa than a house, I spotted a gleaming Lexus parked in the driveway up to the front door.

Stepping inside, I admired the long, polished timber-framed sofa stretching along one wall of the living room. More luxury wood furniture was comfortably arranged around a 32-inch LCD TV screen.

Sitting on the plush sofa, surrounded by her shiny white gadgets – an iPhone, an iPad on her lap and a MacBook Pro glowing on the table in front of her – sat Lyda Rina, a 21-year-old law and economics student at the Royal University.

Reading her lesson notes on the iPad while summoning websites on the laptop screen, Rina only glanced up and smiled after I said her name aloud.

“I have to use all these for my university studies,” she explained, motioning to the plethora of digital devices.

“Without them I can’t access the internet, contact my friends, or even find documents for my study.”

Life would be unimaginably boring without technology, she insists. Ours is the tech-generation and everyone needs to be tuned in all the time.

“I think all these devices have their own benefits,” she says.

“I can’t take my MacBook Pro everywhere with me, so that’s when I take my iPad out.”