I know what you mean -- my son is incapable of doing anything - including his homework - without having his iPod plugged into his ears... and in the evening he has the main TV on while at the same time watching YouTube videos on his iPad and texting his friends on his smartphone...
Try looking at "The Stardroppers" by John Brunner.
At one point people were so addicted to listening to a device they thought brought sounds from the stars. The twist in the story was that after being addicted for a while, you vanished from existed - whisked elsewhere, presumably to the places you were listening to.
As to the addiction part, I think of this story every time I see people wearing earbuds and listening to 'stars' on their iPods, or when I see people constantly staring at their iPhone (or similar devices) for the latest 'information'. As for the 'disappearance' part, they are so internally focused on the devices that for the most part they have disappeared from the current world around them even though they probably think they are really tightly plugged into it.
Try having an intelligent conversation with someone that has an turned on iPad or iPhone in their hands or on the table and you will see what I mean.
I'd never heard of this but I just looked it up on the Wikipedia and on Amazon and it looks GREAT (I still enjoy reading books intended for younger readers ... perhaps I'm entering my second childhood) ... I've added it to my Wish List on Amazon
I read those when I was a young lad -- I only vaguely remember them -- I will have to read them again (but not until I've worked my way through the piles of new books that are begging for my attention)
The one that got me hooked forever more was E.E."Doc" Smith's Triplanetary. I know it's the ultimate in juvenile Space Opera. But I was a juvenile of 14 or so. Now I'm in my 60's and still (to quote a High School Science teacher) reading that crap.
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