The conversation cut off by another person’s telephone ringing. The voice that trails away as eyes and brain tunnel into a screen. It’s annoying when you’re the victim, but then, don’t you do the same thing yourself? You’re in a real place with someone who means a great deal to you, say having lunch with a close friend or colleague or reading a book to a child. To all appearances, you’re present and fully engaged. But your attention is provisional, awaiting the next summons from beyond. A faint vibration or beep is all it takes and off you go.
p. 52, Hamlet’s Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age, William Powers
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The above is why I keep my cellphone turned off and only check it in the evenings. To everything its place and time..