My writings are full of references to distraction and some of the key issues with modernity, but I think the biggest issues right now is smartphones, and then in the future it will be AR.
Already many of us are stopping living in the real world. Sure, the real world is where we sleep and eat. but many of us work, live and play in the virtual world.
I’ve noticed my ability to concentrate has gone down since I’ve owned a smartphone (last 3 years). I’m not sure what the solution is, except the obvious one — giving up the ubiquitous device.
Lots of change coming, but I’m not holding my breath that it’s all positive.
One bit of advice: you can’t go wrong with a real, physical book!