You’re slowly running out of small talk topics. Weather? May accidentally lead to controversial debates with Aunt Erna about the climate crisis. The train? Bad topic when the nice party guest turns out to be a confident SUV driver. It’s good that there is one thing that you can complain about without conflict and that still supports a twenty-minute conversation: the excessive use of smartphones. A short anecdotal summary of one’s own TikTok consumption is enough and the other person tells me in detail about his screen time statistics, which he receives weekly from Apple or Google – garnished with the information that the usage time is already frightening and that one urgently needs to pay attention to it .