Back in the day, commuters would pass their transit time toiling over the New York Times business pages or taking the daily crossword puzzle challenge on their subway rides to and from Manhattan and Long Island.
Before minivans, kids would spend hours doing Mad Libs word games and calling out license plates while wedged into overstuffed station wagons. These road trips often felt like cross country trips but were often much shorter in distance and yet allowed time for creative thought and introspection.
There was a time when books were read, shared, and read again. People read the newspaper and passed it along. Short stories or bound novels would keep readers interested for short runs or distracted for hours. Library books sometimes saw late fees not because you "forgot" but simply one was so caught up in the reading.
...Then the smartphones came along. Users now amuse themselves for hours watching funny videos, taking and sharing photos, and not calling but still checking to see if their friends are in fact still their friends and agree and like what they are doing.