In a similar vein to the ancient tradition of older people complaining about the younger generations, apparently it has also long been the case (since at least around 195BC) that people are grumpy about technology:
The gods confound the man who first found out
How to distinguish hours! Confound him too
Who in this place set up a sundial
To cut and hack my days so wretchedly
Into small portions! When I was a boy,
My belly was my sundial: one more sure,
Truer, and more exact than any of them.
This dial told me when it was time
To go to dinner, when I had anything to eat;
But nowadays, why even when I have,
I can’t fall-to unless the sun gives leave.
The town’s so full of these confounded dials,
The greatest part of its inhabitants,
Shrunk up with hunger, creep along the streets.
What’s interesting to me is that the complaints he (apparently Plautus) has are essentially identical to complaints people have about smartphones today.