BloodFlame saidI think this is happening to people in general
Precisely. The internet and other technologies have changed the way most people behave and interact with others.
I would expand that thought to suggest that online has become a different way to socialize, giving us a new definition of the word. And I agree that anti-social may not be the appropriate word to explain this new development.
Anti-social means an active misanthropy or antagonism toward other people or society in general. Better would be the roughly synonymous 3 words asocial, unsocial, and nonsocial.
But I would also concede that taken by itself the Internet is an incomplete way to socialize. Yet to me it expands our socializing possibilities, IF we properly exploit all our other options. I compare it to having "pen pals" a century ago, but today paperless & instantaneous. Plus we can engage with several people simultaneously, sometimes in real time.
BTW, have you ever perused some of Abigail Adams handwritten correspondence? (Wife of a US Founder and Second President) My gawd, I believe she wrote more long letters by feather quill in the late 1700 and early 1800s than my own number of virtual RJ posts. Connecting by written messages is not a new concept by any means.
I think the online world is what we make of it. It can enhance our socializing, or it can indeed turn us into shut-ins if we allow it. At the same time, it can be a wonderful gift to those who are already shut-in or mobility limited for physical reasons, as I can be myself at times.
On balance I think online exchange is a wonderful thing, which in my case makes me more social, not less.