People get used to new technologies

This is from Mastery and Mimicry by Sep Kamvar

When the mechanical clock was invented, one of its early uses was to set the arrival and departure times of factory workers during the industrial revolution. At the time, people hated the idea of getting to work at a certain time; it felt like the ultimate victory of machine over man. Now, it’s seen as responsible behavior.

We see this pattern time and time again, with the latest being discomfort with social media. I never tire of reading and sharing examples of how new technologies are first feared before being assimilated into daily life and becoming normal.

Thanks to Fred Wilson for the pointer. Sep has written a whole series of mini-essays which are worth reading. It won’t take you long.