Yes things we take for granted today were a major hurdle for people back then. We've progressed so much in the last hundred years. I can't speak for other countries but mine doesn't really teach history in schools anymore, so many of the recent generation are clueless to what things could be again if things really went south. I've read in the 1800's it was not uncommon for people to live there lives never having traveled more than 50 miles from where they were born. So back to Titanic...probably not for the upper class but for the immigrants the modern liners of her time must have seemed like a dream to them. Unfortunately for Titanic that dream turned into a nightmare.