What's the point of bemoaning tech advances?
Perhaps the point is that our tech advances currently exceed the capacity of most humans to benefit from those advances, and to do so efficiently and responsibly.
High tech increases the ease of communication, but also lays a curse on the quality of those communications -- and inter-human relationships.
As for returning to horses and carriages, and doing without the wonders of instant distant communication, folks in those "old, old days" interacted exclusively face-to-face, often on a daily basis.
Out of necessity, and lacking high tech gizzamatic aids, they either had to get to know each other well and get along, or else get on their horse and ride for days, weeks, or months to find a new home and acquaintances more to their liking.
Seems likely that a lifetime spent in direct, personal association with others promoted greater personal responsibility for words and actions, which now can be avoided easily with high-tech, faceless, even anonymous, communication.