This 1907 Cartoon Proves We've Always Been Worried About Technology Ruining Our Lives

So y'know, relax a little

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The year is 2016 and our dependence on digital technology is driving us apart. One widely reported 2014 study found that 75% of women feel technology is ruining their relationship. Since then we've had Snapchat filters so the picture likely isn't any better, even if it does have dog ears on it.

What may surprise you is that anxieties about the effect technology has on our relationships were documented as long as 100 years ago. British magazine Punch printed a cartoon fearfully predicting what our fixation with the (then shiny and exciting) telephone might do to our love lives.

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The Public Domain Review republished the picture this week under the heading, 'A Vision of Isolating Technology from 1906'. 

They commented that if you "replace these 'wireless telegraphs" with smartphones, update the dress a little, and this vision from a 1906 issue of Punch magazine could easily be for 110 years in the future."

The PDR continued to explain the link between the image caption and our bleak tech-obsessed modern lives: "The caption reads: 'These two figures are not communicating with one another. The lady receives an amatory message, and the gentleman some racing results'. It's a reminder that the idea of technology leading to a breakdown in 'authentic' human interaction is a worry not solely limited to our age." 

So relax: our technology neurosis are probably playing out just as planned, and everything will be OK.