When the man who condemns digitalization calls me back, I briefly wonder whether I missed the beginning of the conversation. “Cell phones and tablets make you demented, fat, depressed, addicted and blind,” my phone booms, “that’s all proven!” There are only a few seconds between the greeting and the key statements. This is Manfred Spitzer.
Without me asking a question, the brain researcher hurled at me the theses with which he became known – including through his 2012 bestseller Digital Dementia . Since then, he has been traveling around the country and painting digitalization blackly, in lectures, interviews and, for a while, even in his own television show.