Has technology killed our ability to have a face-to-face conversation?

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Do you fancy a chat later? Brilliant, just email me.

Not so long ago, meetings were a staple of working life, but a recent survey conducted by technology market research firm Radicati reports that ‘pinging’ over a message is now the most popular way to communicate in business.

It is easy to see why. Not only is it fast, but the response you receive is often more concise, saving time that could have been wasted by sitting through a marathon conference. Just sum it up in an email, please.

Reliance on technology extends to our homes and schools. The dinner table, once the stronghold of family discussion, has been invaded by the mobile devices which saturate society. Teenagers have one eye on Facebook while parents try and fail to strike up a conversation. Texting in…

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