It occurred to me when I was in Brazil for the World Cup that when the 2010 tournament kicked off in South Africa, the iPad was just a couple of months old. Apple have shifted more than 200 million tablets since then and the second-screen experience is now the norm. By the time Mario Goetze fired Germany to World Cup glory over Argentina in Rio de Janeiro Twitter use has increased by a staggering 13,500 per cent in just four years.
Not so long ago mankind was of the opinion that watching television was an activity that required total concentration. Of course several people could benefit from a single screen, but it was a silent, solitary activity, with interaction only enjoyed in reflection. Screen time was precious and, in a three-channel world, the “television event” could bring a nation to a standstill. Royal weddings had that power, so did the Olympic and Paralympic Games and, of course, football.