When we adopt new technologies in our daily lives, they present us with changes to our behavior that slowly but steadily become almost irreversible. We now "live connected" and think of cellphones as a part of our bodies, but technology also changes us in subtle ways.
I'm old enough to remember when making an appointment with a friend was a real commitment. We used to organize our day to be there on time, and our word used to have value, and keeping promises was a sign of good manners.
If someone didn't show up, it was because something extraordinary happened. Today when we arrange to meet someone, there is always the implicit chance that it might not happen, just a message away.
Did our word lose value?