Tiger Roholt’s essay, “Smartphones and Meaningfulness,” explores topics discussed in his recently published book, Distracted from Meaning: A Philosophy of Smartphones (Bloomsbury Academic, 2023). In the essay he explores the effects of smartphone-multitasking during potentially meaningful situations such as a college seminar. He makes the case that this distraction and its effects cannot be understood in means/end terms, in terms of performance cost. Instead, Roholt argues that smartphone multitasking should be understood in terms of interference with the active engagement that meaningful situations require.
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