In a way no and in many ways yes.
Why I say yes is that, internet is the cheapest way to get to know new people even at the rate of any per minute using social networking sites.
No matter whether you can walk or talk, you can million friends of your interest and needs online.
I would say that type chatting could be the best initial step to get to know a stranger fully before letting him into your personal territory.
But through all this, we tend to develop an addiction or I will call it a laziness towards talking to a person in the very next room of yours. You don't even need to laugh or cry as there are smileys to do that job for you. At the end of it, all the other utilities of your body become dormant with all the strain falling on your ten fingers to express all that your mind is thinking.
Above all this, you lose the inexplicable feeling of enjoying the nature while having a cup of coffee with a like-minded friend of yours.