The next development that’s going to tear us away from our smartphone screens

But depending on how these technologies develop, a digital ecosystem that demands less of our eyes could be better for everyone — less immersive, less addictive, more conducive to multitasking, less socially awkward, and perhaps even a salve for our politics and social relations. We’re addicted to our screens. I’ve heard some very smart people talking about the next frontier–and it involves audio. This could be a nightmare; we may simply add these new devices to our screen-addled lives. Anything to escape boredom. Then each company unveiled something else: Software to help you use your phone a lot less. Americans spend three to four hours a day looking at their phones. Leaving at home gives me the shakes. For much of the last decade, a technology industry ruled by smartphones has pursued a singular goal of completely conquering our eyes. It’s to the point where the new version of iOS will have a feature designed to cut down on your screen time. This story from the Sydney Morning Herald (originally from the New York Times) talks about the notion of “peak screen” and the kind of tech that’s coming next. We have hit what I call Peak Screen. The dog knows it, too. There is a reason tech companies are feeling this tension between making phones better and worrying they are too addictive. It has given us phones with ever-bigger screens and phones with unbelievable cameras, not to mention virtual reality goggles and several attempts at camera-glasses. So tech giants are building the beginning of something new: a less insistently visual tech world, a digital landscape that relies on voice assistants, headphones, watches and other wearables to take some pressure off our eyes. Global smartphone sales are plateauing for an obvious reason: Nearly anyone who can afford one has one, and increasingly there are questions about whether we are using our phones too much and too mindlessly. Keep reading. It’s difficult to do anything else when you’re deep into your screen. Now that smartphone usage has reached a critical level of penetration into society, the tech world needs to find a new way to keep us hooked–or a new way of hijacking our attention. I can’t be in line anywhere longer than three seconds before I’ve got my iPhone in my hand, looking for some kind of dopamine hit. I can’t even enough sitting at the dog park for longer than a minute before my phone’s out. Tech has captured nearly all visual capacity. Once deployed, screens–phones, tablets, laptops, computers–all demand our full attention. At Google’s and Apple’s recent developer conferences, executives showed how much more irresistible they were making our phones.
The next development that’s going to tear us away from our smartphone screens