On the flip side
I’ve been intrigued by the idea of digital 3rd places for a while, and Pokemon Go has by all measures succeeded in creating some sort of hybrid digital+IRL 3rd place (3.5?)
A few days after reading your post, I stumbled across this Instagram post that casts a shadow on the upsides of mixed reality 3rd place. https://www.instagram.com/p/BIhm3SNBRK8/
We still need to pull our heads up out of our devices and smell the REAL roses from time to time. I wonder how that UX might feel like? Some means to encourage a transition from virtual and back into to actual reality so that we don’t completely lose touch.