It's an interesting question that you pose… I know that I am a bit of a tech geek (my wife would laugh here and would likely snort “Bit??”), but I will try to be as impartial as I can.

I think the answer is both.

Many people who are not tech-forward are tech-resistant. They cling to what they already know, because, even if it is an archaic or convoluted way of doing something, it works for them. They are used to it and it is therefore efficient. Things like the iphone and other mobille devices and cloud programs and such that are much more focused on usability are changing the way that people think, however.

I think that is the key phrase, there: “Changing the way that people think.” The fact is that much of the world is still saying “That sounds neat” instead of actually applying modern tech to their daily lives. My mother is very tech-forward for a person in her age-bracket, but she still needs to be coaxed or convinced before she adopts something new. I find this attitude to be prevalent among most people, but it is especially strong in countries that tend to have very regional mind-sets, like the US. It is always a bit of a conundrum to me that much of the worlds' tech advances come from the US, a country that is still heavily reliant upon dial-up internet — and, judging by the massive amounts of movies and books and such about the subject, are largely nervous about change, especially in technology. Maybe it is a result of the tech booms that “stole decent peoples' jobs” and such?

The other argument is that people are wayyyy too plugged in anyway and need to get back to the roots of life, to what's natural. There is definitely merit here as well. I know that I, sometimes, -need- to not turn on a computer, a phone, or even a television, and just sit down and read a book, or be in my own head, or take a walk through the woods or something. I get much the same feeling after a weekend in Vegas — maybe that should tell me something?

Ultimately, it is a question of balance. Barring some catastrophic world meltdown, the tech is going to keep on coming. Even a meltdown will only delay it. It is coming so fast and furious that it is hard to keep track of, which makes it even more difficult for people to make sense of — but people will trickle on board after the droves of geeks adopt and test things. And while the tech-geeks will light the fires of interest, it is the regular person who will decide what is the standard — which will then incite droves of regular people to adopt. Getting too far involved in tech is not healthy, though. Sometimes it really is important to get back to basics and fundamentally understand what is involved in the things you are doing. If you can manage to hold both elements in modest regard, then you will probably have a decent (maybe even happy) life going.