I think people were more present then. Then here being the time before the internet. As a special bonus, let’s throw in a “then” that was also before cell phones. People had to look for things, and wait for people.
I find myself, when typing content on a screen, using fragments of language, sort of like the George Saunders story, “The Semplica Girl Diaries”:
Am getting off track, due to tired, due to those fighting cats.