Over the last century we have devoted more and more time and resources to the creation and maintenance of machines, and they have come to play an increasingly large role in our lives. Using machines, particularly computers, has become more and more luxuries, and less and less necessities. We don't need to use computers for word processing, not in the sense that we need a forklift to lift ten tons of steel -- it's just more convenient. And we enjoy anything that makes things more convenient. And thus we are more likely to use computers for longer amounts of time, more likely to come to rely on them for the shortcuts they provide.
It is from this environment that technophilia has evolved into its modern form.