This is the side effect of everyone becoming a literal cyborg, assimilated by mobile and wearable tech. We inserted it in between ourselves and the real world, so it’s easy to go off the map. Practically every modern societal ill is connected to it, and exacerbated by it.
It’s natural when you think about it. Of course the information network interface is so intimate and innate now…people sleep with their phones, wake up to them, hug them right when threatened. In an argument? bS.net is exhibit A how much power and control you all wield online, with respect to presence. This is how YouTubers and Influencers make their living.
Quite a few scifi authors saw this coming, especially Heinlein.
I just want power armor. I could give up my phone easy, in fact I love losing and forgetting it. Leads to far fewer stupid internet conversations, that’s for damned sure.