We’ve all been beguiled by the convenience of on-screen communication. It’s so easy to organise our lives using these magic boxes, phones or tablets with tantalising, glowing lights. What started as a time saving measure; the ability to text or email a plan to a friend or colleague rather than speaking to them, has led within a very short time to roaring ‘digital furnaces’ which we feel addictively compelled to fuel during every waking moment. We’ve become slaves to our online connectivity at the expense of meaningful engagement with ourselves, our companions and our surroundings. Our brains are being dangerously rewired to exist in a state of constant alert as we distractedly await the next, ‘urgent ping’ of notification.