Ironically, we adopt new technologies to save time and effort. Indeed our new devices are faster and more efficient. However, they are also more demanding; they consume more time. The ties that they supposedly facilitate are more distant and less social.
Sherry Turkle describes what have been called “postfamilial families” in the following manner: “Their members are alone together, each in their own rooms, each on a networked computer or mobile device. We go online because we are busy but end up spending more time with technology and less with each other. We defend connectivity as a way to be close, even as we effectively hide from each other.” (Sherry Turkle, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, New York, Basic Books, 2011, p. 280-281.)