Dave Rupert has some thoughts on the current state of the mobile app business in Addiction, the Mobile Currency. He offers a good analysis of where we are, and I agree with his conclusions:
In the wake of recent events I’d encourage those of us who build hypertext to have discussions about how you measure success. Are all of your KPIs attention-based? Are you driving addiction? Are you comfortable with the repercussions?
On a personal level, I’d encourage you to vote with your dollars and help create alternatives for attention- and addiction-based models of monetization. Subscribe to a newspaper. Fund a Patreon. Seek trustworthy sources.