I'll say what I always say whenever a thread like this pops up - no, things weren't better in the past, you were just younger and more impressionable, so things seemed more vital to you then. There's just as much - if not far more - creativity around now than there always was. It's very easy to cherry pick the very best music/films/games from years past and ignore the vast swathes of crap that there has always been.
I also don't understand why people moan about social media - if you don't want to engage with it, you don't have to. And if you're complaining about people posting mundane shite, it probably says more about who you're following and engaging with than the medium itself.
I also get a little tired of all the griping about smartphones and how they're making people 'antisocial'. That's ignoring the literally thousands of ways that they facilitate communication and engagement with others.
Having said all that....
In some very specific ways I kind of
miss the pre-internet era, when you had to have your finger on the pulse and really seek stuff out when it came to stuff like music and films, and there was something really special about discovering a new band, or tracking down a copy of Watchmen for the first time, whereas now it's almost too easy. There's no barrier to entry and geek culture has now swallowed mainstream pop culture whole, and I find myself feeling a little disconnected from it as a result.
As far as I can tell, there isn't really an 'alternative' music scene anymore because as soon as an artist builds any underground buzz, they'll have a Wikipedia page and be profiled in The Guardian a week later. Patton Oswalt wrote a really great article about this phenomenon a few years back.https://www.wired.com/2010/12/ff_angrynerd_geekculture/
Not that I'd go back to how things were, mind. The advantages of a connected world still vastly outweigh the disadvantages.