My awakening moment about how smartphones fragment our attention span

we need to be aware of technology’s designs and ensure that tech is working for us rather than against us

The author talks about his recent realization of the effect of smartphones on his attention. By giving him the the ability to fill every idle moment with information consumption, it has made him less able to focus.

While this claim shouldn't come as a shocker to anyone, the realization here is nevertheless profound and one that most of us have not made. Every smoker knows about lung cancer but few actually stop.

In a callback to What Colour Are Your Bits? - not all information is equal. There is a difference between understanding in the abstract and insight gained through realization.

Smartphones enable the easy consumption of information. This in itself is not bad but, like a go to statement, can become so when taken too far.