The year 2013 is rocketing off to a great start, especially in the field of technological advances. From medical marvels like a ‘functionally cured’ HIV-positive baby and 3D printers in regenerative medicine, to wearable technology like the reported Apple’s iWatch and Samsung smartwatches; it is a time even your grandparents should be excited about.

However, in the midst of this huge leap in urban progression (not just intelligent objects capable of predictive personalization) and the constant information bombardment of “NEW! NEW! NEW!” arrives one trade-off in human communication: the disappearance of old.

2013 is the year where we lost the art of conversation and undivided attention.

With the contraption of smartphones combined with the penetration of social media popularity, the attention span—once exclusive to human interaction and hobbies—has suffered greatly under these domineering digital ecosystems. An era where conversations, let alone a meeting, lasting over few minutes will see the uncomfortable shifting of eyes, agreeable “hmm’s” and finally, the urge in thrusting of hands into deep pockets, fishing out phones and checking notifications. Perhaps in the near future, we will literally be paying for attention.