Psychotherapist Philip Chard believes "Technology pulls plug on social contact."
Writing in The MIlwaukee Journal-Sentinel earlier this month, he says:
"Increasingly, we are abandoning truly personal interaction in favor of terse data exhanges - - email, text messages, online chat, voice mail, etc.
"After millennia of person-to-person discourse, recently we have embraced the one-dimensional, dehumanized communication afforded by technology."
For our real life, personal reply to Dr. Chard, see Comments.