Nothing like a voice to make a difference. Words are scattered to the four winds, but when you talk with someone, in person or on the phone, he or see can hear the twinkle in your voice and know that all is right with the world.
Thank you, Caleb. I totally agree. But where is it going to go? That where there are Round 1,2,3 + ?
Gisela, I've noticed a trend amongst some of my friends who are addicted to the computer, sadly, I think, and they prefer email to phone or real person. They become annoyed and even alarmed when they get a "real" call, suspiciously wondering why I called when I could have emailed. Truth to tell, I have only two friends like this, both male and neither of them intimate friends. But some people do seem to be addicted to computers, I think it's a new addiction. One of these males had an anxiety attack when his computer crashed and ended up in the hospital. Now that is very sad. I wonder what can be done? I've tried to encourage him to at least use the phone for his more serious on line "chat" friends. He lives a very isolated life, but doesn't realize it. How many people are like that, I wonder? I notice dysfunctional people in real life and wonder how many forums and chat rooms they're on, and how they interact on those forums? Perhaps that's their real life?
@Kennayou make excellent points. I think there are thresholds for everybody when that impersonal communication gets too much for people. Of course, it is a new problem b/c in the good old days we did not have the option. Societies will have to learn to deal with. I hear of a lot of disenchantment with specific forums, the fact that many people used automated services to post and repost messages contributes to it. We shall see how it all unravels (hopefully in your and my lifetime) :))