The advent of text messaging, social networks, and smartphones seem to have had an impact on how much people actually talk to each other face to face. Many people have gone strictly to other forms of communication limiting their actual one on one, in the flesh contact with people to a minimum.
At a coffee shop, I observed people sitting at tables together. There was very little actual conversation by those who had some kind of device such as a phone, laptop, IPad. Their concentration was focused on the device. They were just tapping away while sitting across the table from one another. They barely looked at each other. Talking to each other out loud was just something that wasn't done. I wondered how many of them were actually texting each other as they sat across from one another.
More and more I find that people are spending time actually talking less and less. They spend their time texting, posting to Facebook, contacting people via email. Conversations are short and superficial. There's no way to really know how someone is doing. How they are truly feeling. I've also had people tell me that once they've started communicating via the Internet or various devices and they go back to talking to someone in person, they find the person has changed quite a bit and they have little in common anymore. I've also had people tell me that they don't really have close friends anymore. Just superficial relationships where they send mostly meaningless texts back and forth.
I find that I am as guilty as some others. I find it much easier to just send someone a text if it's something short that I need to ask or say rather than calling them on the phone or making a date to see them. But I do make time for people to see them face to face. Lunch, coffees, game dates, etc. just to keep the personal in the personal relationship.
Do you find that you talk to people face to face more or less? If you do, would you characterize most of your relationships as superficial? What are your thoughts on the practice of talking but not talking?