Family and community
In the not too distant past it was not unusual to have three or more generations of a family living under the same roof. Children would grow up surrounded by their family and would thus quickly advance socially as well as culturally. What has changed? Nowadays a child is expected to leave the house soon after college.
The advancement of communication and transportation technology could be partially to blame. After all, living a hundred miles away is no longer considered a barrier when it can be driven in a few hours or bridged with a single phone call. Families as a result are spreading out, no longer an undivided unit living together but a scattering of smaller individual close families that usually only consist of parents and children. For a child, growing up in one of these modern family units, the social bonds they form are often only with the members of their family that they see frequently due to close proximity. While a third cousin may have been considered just as much a part of the family as a brother when they were all living together, now these distant relatives are subjucated to being remembered at Christmas and birthdays at best.
The conclusion we have to draw, that no technology can replace the benefits we receive from face-to-face interactions, and any relationship formed entirely through phone calls or texts will never form the strong bonds that our community orientated minds crave. The result is generations of us growing up with incomplete social skill sets, that leave us open to a lifetime of hardship.