as a rule, i *really* try to not talk about sweeping changes in the human experience, as it were. in-demand job skills change; modes of interaction change; cultural values, modes & availability of transportation, style - these things all change. but what it's like to be alive depends on the individual, not the time. one's ability to engage with his peers remains inextricably tied to his willingness and desire to do so - not to the technology that enables interaction.
also, xkcd is just... well, if you have to ask, there's no use.