Deliberate infusions of serendipity
I attended a conference last week with lively discussion about the deliberate introduction of serendipity into our lives. We are becoming more and more saturated by information and that is highly curated. In general, this is a great thing -- its more efficient, more interesting and generally validating. That's pretty hard to argue with.
And that is exactly the challenge: serendipity, which is inherently uncertain, struggles to win the competition for attention with curation. Curation is an almost guaranteed dopamine hit... while seeking serendipity is anything but guaranteed (and may be negative).
This explains why we check our phones rather than strike up random conversation.