I'm a strong advocate for social networking in keeping connected with people that I otherwise would have completely lost touch with.
But this piece I read, I'll quote because I think more and more, and I think it is very easy to cut off emotional ties with the world when there are only micro-interactions with the world. It's not a substitute.
"Unplug to stop the insanity.
Seek face-to-face interaction.
Be a participant rather than a winner.
Smile at a stranger.
Invite people over.
Give more, get less.
Make something real happen."