I disagree with that.
When change reduces productivity in the office and usefulness at home, it is bad.
Change for the sake of change is a waste of time and money for the consumer.
Good you said "for the consumer" Jenny, because it isn't for the developer or seller. And this is the root of the problem.
I don't begrudge businesses for needing to make a profit in order to keep their doors open, they have, after all, a need to pay all of their bills. But it's when profits become the sole reason for keeping the doors open that is the crux of the problem.
I'm not so sure this is seen in small businesses, but know for sure it can, and does, happen in corporations. It's not good enough any longer for share holders to recoup only a small portion of their investments over a long period of time. They want to recoup their investments now, immediately, if not sooner. In short, they've seen one good size gain, so they want an even larger one. Now.
And the only way to do that is to force corporations into areas they aren't prepared to enter, or have no interest in.
Then comes one other factor in this whole "got to have it now" system, the consumer. Or those who have been harpooned into believing they can't live without out it; the only thing they can't live without are food, air, shelter, and water.
Clever advertising houses learned early on that if they play to the vanity of the consumer, some more than others, they could persuade many to keep buying something when a new something was released onto the market. It didn't matter their old something still worked like it should, it didn't matter nothing had really changed with the newer model, it was solely because it was the newer model and they were going to be the first, hopefully, to have it. They'd be the envy of their circle of other "got to have it" friends, and would obtain the status of leader of the pack until someone beat them in the next rounds of "who bought it first."
Greed, excess profits, and vanity are three things which cause many to enter into an area that didn't have their name on it. It blinds many into thinking if they did well in this area, they can do well in that area. It also blinds many to forget how they got where they were, before following the rest of the pack to the precipice. But at what price?
Change occurs and it cannot be altered. Days change, weeks change, years change, we change, and those things are unalterable. What is alterable is how we react to technology by asking ourselves a simple question--do I really need it, and why? If you need it because it's the latest and greatest, or really cool, then you need to rethink your priorities. If you need it because it's part of your job, then that's reason enough.
Technology, like the weather, will change, has changed, but it's up to the consumer how fast it will occur. And whether or not it will be a boon or a bane. And the only way consumers can control the speed of change is with their wallets, and a careful inspection of themselves to find out "do I really NEED this."