Consider books. I still buy and read all of my books in the form of compressed wood pulp. There are newfangled e-book readers, but I don't want one. Why? Because the only places I read are 1) In the bathtub, and 2) Lying in bed. Taking a computer into the bathtub is generally not a good idea, and holding a Kindle above my head for 3 hours is awkward compared to lying a (3-D) book on the bed beside me with one page bent up so I can read it.
It's something I hear often about new technologies--"Why would I want to do that?" I hear it on flamebait blog posts. I hear it in person during meetups. When I hear something like this, I'm reminded of quotes about technologies that we take for granted as being obvious now.
Let's start with the radio. Back before radio as we know it now (as radio stations), when people said 'radio' in the 1920's, they meant the wireless transmission of messages over the air. They considered it as a communication medium to relay news, like the sinking of the Titanic. Because of that, people use to pay directly to send messages. No one was using it as a way to broadcast music like the way we know it now--the concept of a radio station. And hence, there was no sense of imagination that advertisers would pay ads alongside music broadcasts. And when David Sarnoff was pioneering the idea, what was the reaction by his potential investors?
By 1916, along with Armstrong and de Forest, [David Sarnoff] was using his newfound fame to push the idea of commercial radio, something he called the "wireless music box," although this idea was before its time. Even as late as 1920, one potential investor wrote him to say, "The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" Even the Marconi Company, his employer, rejected the idea of radio as anything but a communications medium. So he went to work for the Radio Corporation of America [RCA] in 1920.
-- Radio Pioneers enter story of the wire on David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in radio. [emphasis mine]
"While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility, a development of which we need waste little time dreaming."
-- Wikiquotes -- Lee DeForest, American radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum tube,
No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.