Will points to a hilarious bit on how people take technology for granted; Bobvis opines on the supposedly meaningless advance of shaving technology.
I put myself somewhere in between the two beliefs.
First of all, yes, there is “technology” that is amazing. The fact that humans, in the last century, crafted devices to do everything from imitating birds to automating all sorts of tasks (such as, among other things, slicing bread) should indeed be amazing. On the other hand, an equally amazing amount of technological “advances” are barely advances and are merely the result of the saner portions of the population taking the logical next step, time and again. For one example, the cellular phone - occasionally referred to as a “technological marvel” and descending from the minds of people who watched a lot of Star Trek when they were younger - is not a fantastical creation, but the mere combination of a number of already-existing technologies (voice encoding and radio transmission).
At the same time, so much “time-saving” has been accomplished, and people are so “connected”, that the idea of waiting (or, to use the language of the rant above, not being an impatient brat) has seemed to vanish entirely.
Recently, I had occasion to go a couple weeks without power at my house. Certain things (wash) were annoying. Certain things weren’t available. I wouldn’t want to live like it permanently.
On the other hand… I did start taking a number of things a bit slower. Maybe there’s something to being a little less “connected” in one’s life.