Our grandparents would probably have little empathy for those of us who have had difficulty keeping up with the rapidly changing digital world. They would tell us to lighten up and go with the flow, after all, they witnessed an amazing amalgam of changes before the computer came onto the scene.
The telephone was a significant leap in staying connected. We are social creatures, and will go to extremes to ensure we stay connected, as the pony express will attest. It was, therefore, no surprise that the invention of the telephone was going to be a blockbuster of a device. The only surprise was that it was slow to catch on.
There was another device that would become a significant staple in all of our homes. First demonstrated in England by John Baird, a device capable of transmitting images over a distance would become a permanent fixture for families all over the world. Television was demonstrated at a perfect time, right after World War II, when the whole world began to believe it was important to stay abreast of what was happening globally, as it had been demonstrated that it could affect every life.