On one hand our culture has become more communicative with the Internet and smart phones.
We have wireless phones, email, blogs, instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter, texting, and more. You can basically piece together my Facebook status changes to get a feel for what's going on in my daily life. This is common for a great many people today. I have reconnected with friends from WAY back. I feel as though 20 years have been bridged in our relationship because of these mechanisms. As a pastor I enjoy interacting with church brethren through these social networking things also. I see it as part of modern shepherding. So, on one hand, people are communicating more now than ever.
On the other hand, as I sit here in Panera studying (and blogging...and taking cool Facebook "tests" like "How long would you survive a Zombie attack?"), I have watched many people come in with their gaze fixed upon a smart phone of some sort. Instead of looking around to see if they recognize anyone or in place of having a discussion with someone in line or saying more than five words to the person waiting on them, they keep their head down and text away or keep up on their Twitter account. A person who walks into Panera smart phoning or strolls down the aisles at Wal-mart feverishly typing something in to their Blackberry sends the very clear message- "Don't talk to me !". How ironic that much of what they are doing is communicating via one of the aforementioned social tools. While giving off the "don't bug me" vibe, they are probably texting someone or changing their Facebook status.
Being anti-social while being social. Only in the current age. So interesting.