The debut of every new social media platform triggers a collective panic about our smartphones rotting our brains and destroying our attention spans.
In the “attention economy,” it can sometimes feel like we’re in a perpetual market crash.
I have friends who lament that they used to read books for hours and hours as children but now struggle to focus on a long-form article. Social media, in particular, is often compared to a casino, where users gamble away their hours, waiting for that lucky dopamine hit. I know I can spend a whole evening idling on my phone, only to look at the clock and wonder how the hours whirred by when I wasn’t paying attention.