The incandescent light bulb changed our world. Society embraced the new invention. As we adapted, darkness no longer stopped the show. Now people can work and play any time, day or night. It is hard for us to imagine that the setting of the sun would significantly alter most activities. The invention of the light bulb changed our habits and patterns of thinking.
As we embrace new technologies now, we find ourselves in the midst of a grand—though accidental—experiment. Wherever we go, these new technologies connect us with the world through the Internet. We are only beginning to write the rules and reap the consequences of this constant connection.
In the days of the Walton’s, the telephone was down the road at Ike Godsey’s store. It was used only to convey important information, from people far away. Interruptions came only in person. The pace was slower and people had time to focus on writing news stories, cooking meals, and sawing lumber. Friends and families connected in meaningful relationships.