Went to a UX Oxford talk by Tristan Harris (from Google) last night. Very thought provoking, he presented his ideas on the need for a new kind of software design, creating an environment that allows for choice. He posed (and I agree) that we are either in an 'on' or 'off' environment, and we need an alternative that sits somewhere in the middle.
His proposal for the future is around 'time well spent' and having a way of certifying software (like an 'organic' stamp) to enable users to choose a technology option that will support 'choice' and enables the user to make optimum use of their time.
This video is of a TEDX talk he delivered on the subject in December 2014.
Distracted? Let's make technology that helps us spend our time well