@Merlin: If new technology only fuels cynicism such as the one you've displayed in your answer maybe we should go back to a time when people did have to go through pain to even chose to buy an item. Way back when, people thought twice before talking and they had a constructive purpose in talking. Maybe, what we all need are the lights to go out for a good while and when fear of "I don't even know how to get to my mommy's house because my GPS isn't working" sets in maybe there won't be extra time to be cynical.
BTW, you wouldn't be one of those naive users who play video games all day? It seems me a whole generation before you we had to learn how a computer worked, not how to work with a computer.
The question proposed in this forum is valid. Don't expect technology to evolve any further if we forget where we were to begin with.