In 1967, Rube Goldberg envisioned the future of screen culture.
What he didn't foresee was that all of these individual devices (TV, phone, radio, camera) would converge into a single device: the smartphone.
People prefer to be distracted all the time. It makes the outside world easier to cope with. Today's obsession with multi-screen entertainment and multitasking behavior was only a matter of time. Screens are second-nature.
Meanwhile, electricity is the pipes.