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Looking at the history of civilizations, there seems to be a marked pattern. Nomads evolve into farmers evolve into industrialists evolve into post-industrial, modern-day citizens. The pattern seems normal, natural even. Just as we age naturally, so does a society. Societies, like people, interact with one another. And through these interactions, societies can mature prematurely. Such is the case in “The Cell Phone and the Crowd”. Technology was introduced too rapidly, without time to adjust to basic technological advances. This led to a diminishing returns effect, where the inundation of technology overwhelmed the population and damaged family units. The way American society functions now, as we grow older, we become less sheltered. Our parents let us stop believing in Santa Claus and start engaging us in politics over dinner. Our teachers no longer tell us to be nice to one another and start telling us stories of that one time they got high instead. As we grow older, there is a disillusionment but also a recovery. If we are introduced to too many new things too quickly, the disillusionment and recovery is longer. The same can be said for societies and technologies. If societies are introduced to too much technology too quickly, it is hard to know how to “properly” use the technology. Not only that, but societies are not given time to adapt the technology into their existing culture. When somebody else introduces us to technology, we don’t have time to frame it in our own customs and norms. The more technology we take from others, the greater chance of losing our own societal values. Thus, time becomes an important factor in the introduction of technology into a society.