For a lot of people, technology has taken over. We can email, instant message, and text people, and often in an abbreviated form that not everyone will understand (R U N the know?) in a few movements.
The social impact of non-personal communication is huge. According to CTIA-The Wireless Association, over 1.5 trillion text messages were sent in 2009. In fact, in the last half of 2009, over 822 billion messages were sent and received which averages out to nearly 5 billion messages each day.