[OT] If you grew up without computers, the Internet, and cell phones…

(follow-up to “Speaking of Nighthawks…”)

This morning, while I was chatting online with an old friend who, like me, was born in the mid-50s, she mentioned we were better off having grown up without computers, cell phones, and all the other stuff that would have seemed like science fiction to us.

I told her it was an interesting question and she said “Not to me. It would have been terrible to have everything I did public knowledge.” I pointed out that I was too boring to worry about any of that and she said “That would have been worse. You were a brainy nerd, and you’d have had to deal with online bullying. You would have been screwed, and not in a nice way.”

Anyway… those of you who grew up with none of this…

Do you think you would have been, on balance, better or worse off if your childhood and teenage self had had cell phones, computers, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Facebook, Kindle, unlimited on-demand music…?