Let’s be real, in a time before the internet people didn’t have more adventures and make more meaningful connections. They watched TV and listened to CDs. Before that they listened to records and read magazines. Before that they listened to the radio and read bad dime novels. Before that they embroidered or some shit.
People have been staying inside and ignoring other people for as long as there have been buildings.
Women can get into the habit of apologizing before speaking, or using any other kind of “modifier” (i.e. “I hope this doesn’t sound weird, but…” or I hope you don’t mind me asking, but”).
We do this because we are socialized to rein ourselves in: staying silent, never offending anybody, being “seen and not heard” and generally trying not to be disruptive, even if that involves a lack of self-expression.