Please help me. This is driving me crazy. I believe this book was written in the 60’s, possibly.
Around 1980 I read a book in middle school English class about a boy who lived in a large city but no one was allowed to go outside for fear of being crushed. Everyone had a tv/internet-like machine in their home where they ordered things and they were sent into the home via a chute.
There were warnings from the “government” via tv to stay inside or they would be crushed by the mass of people on the streets outside.
The boy decided to go outside and found there was actually no one on the streets at all.