Words in Pocket - Attention theft
The intrusion on a person’s attention by unwanted and unauthorized text, noise, images or other distractions.
The construction work has been going on for a while and the constant noise has given me a nastier case of attention theft.
Real life example:
The Internet is the worst polluter of all. Spam isn’t even pollution, it is attention theft.
—Jakob Nielsen, “Information Pollution,” Neilsen Norman Group, August 11, 2013