> how do know you‘re not living in 1973
I would glance at my local grocery store, shopping malls, cars, empty cemeteries, and inflight wifi.
First off, most manufactured things are incredibly cheaper now, due to real, complex behind-the-scenes advances.
We have a global supply chain that largely removes the constraints on geoghraphic locality for foods and manufactured goods.
That's paired with an almost-always-online wireless mobile internet, (that works up to 7 miles up in the sky!) that is absolutely amazing and darn inexpensive.
Our cars are much better at not killing us.
Many more diseases are treatalbe, and injuries curable.
Finally, why subtract screens? Modern screens are great.