I’ve noticed that it got harder to write fiction since the invention of the cell phone.
Fiction is based on conflict, and having a ubiquitous means of communication means it is harder to generate believable conflict. The same is true for the internet as an ever-present source of information on almost any topic.
Do you think the same has become true in the real world? Do we actually have less conflict with improved communications? Is there a good way to measure the aggregate amount of “conflict?”