'People are so addicted to television these days' went the complaint a few decades ago. 'People barely talk to you when you visit. You start wondering why you even bothered.' There were still some who loved and craved human company. They'd do anything to have people around. Such people were 'needy' (what an awful way of describing a person!) Today the scene is different but only slightly so. 'Everybody is constantly on social media. If this is not addiction, what is? No one has the time to talk to a person across the table but is in constant touch with others all over the world. ' Have you noticed, people are not even watching much television these days' complains someone who can spend hours on the telephone making small talk with friends and relatives. What is the difference? One uses the mouth, others their fingers. Try spending time with some people. All one does is get snapped at, endless complaints, arguments all of which culminate in a headache. Safer then to escape into the virtual world where one can choose one's friends, discuss stuff with people who don't growl back and ignore the trolls. At least one has one's peace of mind. There is time and space enough to prevent oneself from putting one's foot in one's mouth. Come to think of it, there is very little difference between social life in the 'real' world and the virtual, except for the distance. Good, bad and indifferent exist everywhere. Mainly human beings are the same in either 'world'. If anything, we see the real faces in the virtual world - the real faces of the charmers in the real world.