Everybody agrees, more or less, that art is less important than life. And yet, when confronted with a choice between caring about art and caring about life, people will often choose art as the thing to pay attention to. When John Lennon said wonderingly that the Beatles meant more to many kids than Christ, he was recognizing a modern truth. Art is religion; violate its tenets at your peril.
See? People were ignoring each other with paper, and newspapers, and knitting! So why are you whiners complaining about smartphones? Families have been ignoring each other forever.
Well, I’m not so sure.