Venkatesh Rao is one of those people I steal way too much intellectual capital from. Russ Roberts is another one of those people. The two of them, together, on EconTalk, make for a delightful conversation.
The central concept is Rao’s critique of “Waldenponding,” which is his word for people who put all smartphone/social media/engagement completely aside in an effort to be “present.” Rao takes issue with this stance as not all social media consumption or modern-engagement is bad, and we don’t have to be all-in or all-out. It’s an argument worth understanding. He offers many other thoughtful lessons and arguments as well.