Strange, how modern life has changed the way we react to things ...
If a person walks out of an elevator ("lift" for those back home) talking to someone but you don't see anyone else inside, you'd use to think he/she's insane. Now, it's perfectly natural to just have little to no reaction, even if you do not see the physical phone or devices used for remote communication.
Recently, my phone line got accidentally cut because of some construction works around my apartment ("flat" for those back home :P) block. I actually felt the weight of isolation squeezing my subconscious (OK, maybe a little overdramatize, but I felt it). It really did not help that I was using DSL for my internet communication so it was a double whammy. Thankfully, my lab was just a few blocks away and I spent my time there instead. In the past, if the phone went dead, I'd be perfectly content to sit down and read a book.
And of course, it's amazing how much more contact I'm having with Teck Beng now that we both post comments on each other's blogs! hehehe. More so than when we were both in Singapore (post-school days of course).