The problem is that it changes us, and other people. I could say that a bar that gives away free booze is simply a good place to socialise, but we shouldn't be surprised that it slowly turns people into alcoholics whose lives increasingly revolve around the bar. The internet is a "dopamine reward bar" that slowly trains us to get our kicks from it in many ways. All of the young men in my family were seriously affected by internet prawn (I at least was too old for that to affect me as a kid, still fell into it regularly as an adult), and the fact that it is right there with no barrier to entry is not a neutral, take it or leave it thing, especially for a young lad. And that is only one example. It's tempting to say that there is "no bad technology, only bad use of it", but that assumes that technology has no ability to mould us without us being aware of it, especially as children.It can be a good learning tool, a good way to meet people, a way to find new music, a tool for people with businesses to expand their audience, etc. However, it also can be a tool for creating divide, to pushing degeneracy, towards making people dumb and lazy.
Ages ago, I read a lament for the advent of guns somewhere in the jungle. Before guns, there was a whole industry of skilled craftsmen who built bows and other such weapons. Children practised using these weapons from a young age, along with all the other skills of tracking prey in the bush and getting close enough. And then came guns from the outside world. The crafts were gradually lost, and all the social aspects around that local industry. You need training to use a gun well, of course, but very little compared to a bow. An angry teen with a gun could easily kill a grown man, so respect between the generations was reduced. And because the people had to buy guns and bullets from outside, their whole relationship with the jungle changed. Sure, all of that is the people's fault, not the "inanimate object" (not so fast, he says, but that's another thread), but when everyone around you is changing, what's a man with a family to feed to do, now that the bow makers are all out of business?
And I am being drawn into it right now. I live out in the woods, work most of the day online and part of the day in the garden. When I take a break, inertia brings me here instead of for a walk, or another healthy activity. I could schlep into town, but I might not meet anyone. I can just login here and prattle away.
Anyway, back to work.