People are opting out of socializing with real people face to face. They would rather have social interaction on their personal devises. Is this because fear?
Well, I can only speak for myself, I don't like people.
I like having control over who, when, and how long I interact with most people. Texting makes that easier.
That's funny! Me, I do like interacting with people. I see their emotions, smiles. Look them in the eye, go get a beer. Retired for years so I mostly see people at the gym or my fishing buddy. But texting the wife would be nice.