We’ve all felt it. The constant dread or delight – depending on how you look at it – the “phantom vibration”. It’s taken longer than five minutes for your significant other to reply, for that order confirmation to come through. Maybe something awful happened. Maybe someone’s died. Or worse – your phone’s died.
Quite simply, we’ve never been this plugged into technology. You’ll probably find yourself on Facebook instead of hugging your better half or your kids first thing in the morning. You hop onto Google to find a nice restaurant and end up watching a sneezing panda, spending fifty minutes down a fibre-optic rabbit hole you had no intention of diving down.
It’s not your fault, though. Well, it kind of is, sort of. You’ve been hypnotised by Silicon Valley. You’re like a trained puppy, smartphones and apps having a Pavlovian effect on your more-than-capable mind that should know better, but just doesn’t.