We complain about being deluged by distractions, but are things really worse than ever?
While distractions of the digital variety are a fairly recent phenomenon, distractions per se are really nothing new. Lack of self-control, or ‘akrasia’, has been one of the core concepts of philosophy since Greek antiquity. First debated by Aristotle and Socrates over 2,000 years ago, akrasia explains the interplay between our desires and our intellectual or rational thoughts. Humans are hardwired to be easily distracted.