I was interviewed over the weekend for a documentary exploring whether or not the Generation Y are addicted to technology -- or influencing the rest of society's addiction. While at first I was pro-addiction, I started to realise half way through that I was wrong.
The best analogy to consider is the car. We get in our car in the morning, we drive to work, park up and work, only to drive back home and repeat on a daily basis. If the car breaks down, we call the mechanic to fix it or we look for similar but other routes such as the bus, the tube, the train or by walking.
The same is with technology. If our phone breaks, we repair it or find another - a friend's phone on loan or we use a landline, or some other form of communication. We only seem to notice these things when they're not with us.
The only worry is if something like a nuclear blast causes an electromagnetic pulse which wipes out all silicon chips, but even then we'll have more things to worry about... such as being blown into our own shadow. Swings and roundabouts.