Hey everyone! Hoping to get some feedback Basically started writing novel about 15 years ago on and off. Life got in the way. Finally happy with it, however since starting modern technology has moved on and not sure how best to tackle this. For example main character uses payphones, tries tracking people down pre social media, has a basic phone with no internet, celebrity references that are old now, nowadays most people have smart phones, google maps, social media, online banking (theres a few bits where character is waiting for cheques to clear, uses banks) and so i either set in say around 2000 or a bit later (but that might seem weird and put potential publishers off), update all those things (which might mess with certain obstacles the character faces as a reader might say why doesnt he just google it? Or how is he lost when he can get locations on app) .. or was thinking I could have a reason why the character doesn't use modern technology and so wont have to alter too much other than update the popular culture references which arent a big deal. I want to keep it contemporary, and feel if i leave it, it either doesnt work in parts but also can't see the benefit of making it clear its set in 2000-2005 in terms of getting a modern audience or agent to look at it. Its not like its say oh an 80s novel.. or a 90s novel.. its just in that weird space pre smartphones time where its basicially modern except for the smartphone and how its made life easier, which isn't necessarily good for the character who's sort of flailing around trying to find/contact someone from his past, and also connect with other people who used to be in his life. And like ive said other examples throughout where a smartphone would solve problems. Im toying with making the character technology averse as he is stuck in the past a lot and uncomfortable about the modern world, so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say he'd be someone who hates social media and modern tech.. or a reason he has no phone ie he wants to go off grid as part of the plot is he just wants to escape somewhere and disappear, so it kind of fits the character in the way. Age might be an issue as hes in his mid 20s and most people that age have a smartphone. Sorry for a long post! Appreciate any advise!