Let’s roll back our minds a decade to a time when people were not constantly on their smartphones. Facebook isn’t in our everyday lives for another two years and Twitter will hatch a year after that in 2006.
Smartphones aren’t even called smartphones — they’re just dumb “cellular phones” that do rudimentary text messages without multimedia attachments like images and video.
That barren time in technology was still a difficult one of wide, generational, gaps when it came to the rapid, everyday, adoption of technology.
Those of us who grew up on payphones and single-line telephones in the home, were often put off, and perhaps, even offended by the younger among us who insisted that their cellphones were not just extensions of communication, but a very connectoid of being human.
When I was teaching at a major technical university on the East Coast way back when, I implored my students to not just put their phones on vibrate — at that time in the technological evolution, the vibration of the mechanism in the phone was just as loud as a ringtone — but to actually turn off their phones during the few times other students were giving a formal, graded, presentation in class.