**I think you have to look back at history. Very simplified, when people didn't have light, they went to bed as soon as the sun went down. When oil lamps came into being, the rich could waste the oil by staying up later, and they had more time to socialize. Things progressed, and we get to electricity. You now had people who had the time to socialize after work, on their own time.
People never had air-conditioning, so at night, they would go out on the front porch to sit where it was cool, or to go for a walk to cool off. Not having T.V., computers, etc., there wasn't much else to do and that's when people stopped along on their walks to visit with one another.
Moving more modern, Before WWII, wives stayed home, and the family lived on one salary. With the women home all day, they would visit each other as they hung their wash outside, or visit one another with a piece of pie and a cup of coffee in the kitchen.
On Fridays and Saturday nights, the couples might get together for a game of cards, or a board game.
Wasn't (by modern standards ) too much for the kids to do except listen to the radio at night, read, or play with your toys and come up with imaginary ways to play with those toys. During the day, the kids always played outside with other kids, with much socializing going on. Nobody played inside unless you were sick, or it was raining.
Everyone sat and ate their meals together at the table, and most people stayed home at night as a family.
Then the T.V. made it's great appearance. People now had to rush through dinner, so they could watch the T.V. People now had to be quiet (when they used to be able to talk), because you wanted to hear the T.V. Kids would do their homework a little faster because they wanted to watch some T.V. show. people didn't go outside on their porch and visit anymore, everyone was inside watching the T.V.
It has now just become "easier" to push a button to communicate. We are all about what is fast and easy. We are contacting people more, and throwing more of ourselves out there with our all information all over the place, but we are communicating less in reality. We have isolated ourselves onto little islands.
Kids that used to spend the whole afternoon playing, are now driven from scheduled activity to scheduled activity. They don't have time to make or spend with a friend. It's now seen as 'wasted time'. Kids need to get off of computers and video games, and join the real world.
I know of two, four year old kids, who have their own bedrooms with their own bathrooms, their own cell phones, their own computers, their own t.v., and their bedrooms have a small refrigerator filled with snacks. Why does this kid ever have to come out of the bedroom and interact with the rest of the family ?
Just look at history, and how we have changed for the "Better."**