"Look at everyone looking down at their phones, no one talking to each other about anything."
"In 30 years when you all need surgery from all that looking down and terrible posture, you'll all be shocked that your gadgets were the cause."
"Those things are why kids get in so many accidents nowadays, they ought to be illegal in the car. "
You, madam, are everything wrong with this conversation.
First of all, I pulled my phone out because you wandered up to the door with a desktop in your hand, muttering all the way across the parking lot about how broken it was. I wasn't interested in engaging you on how terrible you thought this device was, so when you mentioned how much you hated Windows 8 I pulled my phone out and turned away. Your self-proclaimed tech ignorance wasn't going be fixed in this parking lot, and I don't know you nearly well enough to listen to your complaints on purpose.
I find it fascinating that no one ever told me holding a book in the exact way I hold my phone was bad for my posture. I'm tempted to get a case for my phone that makes it look like I'm holding a paperback, just to see what happens. As for my posture, I'm well aware it could be better.
The accidents comment, though, really set me off. Blaming the smartphone, and not the behavior, is embarrassing. These drivers haven't been taught proper respect for the massive vehicle they are currently controlling, and everyone around them paid the price. How dare you blame some imaginary addiction for an lack of personal responsibility?
Acting like technology is the problem is flawed on the face of it. A lazy answer and a cheap excuse at best.