In this age of technology we're taught that we should strive to have the latest and greatest gadgets. If we're not on the edge of technology then we're out of touch, behind the times, and old fashioned.
We're all guilty of it. How often have we asked someone (with complete incredulity), "What do you mean you're not on Facebook?" The expectation has become that the average person will be available by multiple electronic means - text, cell phone, Facebook, email, twitter, and even more. Those of us who are so wired cannot fathom being disconnected or forced to use communication methods like calling someone (the horror!).
I am right there with you all. I prefer to send texts or Facebook messages (even emails are reserved for those who don't use Facebook) rather than call. I blame my phone aversion to six years in a call centre wearing a headset, but in reality it's more likely just a healthy dose of introversion. However, when my mother recently mentioned a friend of hers who didn't have email or even a computer, deep down I thought there might be something to it (after the initial moment of panic at the thought of being so cut off). When this woman needs to communicate, she calls or writes letters instead of sending emails, tweets, or Facebook messages. When she wants the news, she reads the newspaper or watches the news on television instead of checking things online. She reads paper books instead of eBooks. She watches television when it's airing on tv instead of streaming or downloading. Some may think it simple and archaic, but I think of it as kind of refreshing.
Even Ikea has gotten in on making things a little simpler and more old fashioned. If you haven't seen it, take a look at their "Experience the power of a bookbook (tm)" video.
The underlying message is important: new technology is great, but it isn't always as good as older technology (of a sort), which is proven to be more stable and lasting.
This can easily be applied to library programming. The latest technology and games can be used to bring some into the library, but don't forget traditional programming like storytime, book clubs, or puppet shows. There's a fine balance to integrating the old and the new. Don't get discouraged, you'll figure out what works for you.