Life in the 21st century revolves, more and more, around time-slicing: switching quickly among many targets of attention — different screens, different windows stretched across those screens, different tabs open in each of those windows, apps nesting inside other apps. Cultural producers no longer seek to harvest long stretches of our attention, but the teeniest little bits of it. Not hours or minutes, but moments. We emerge from our holes of focused distraction with something like a time hangover: unmoored from history, alienated from chronos.
Sam Anderson, “Standstill”, The New York Times Magazine (30 August 2015), 16-17.