FACT: With many people spending most of their time with their devices [chatting, updating statuses, tweeting, etc], they are getting more socially awkward and the trend isn't about to change. To navigate well in the social and business world you'll need to interact with a lot of people because networking will be good for your business. It doesn't necessarily mean that you need to be the social butterfly so to say. All you need to acquire are the basic skills that will enable you to converse with anyone, anywhere, any time. If you are not good at that stuff then you need to learn and master the art of small talk.