Ummmm - what exactly are you suggesting here, muffin?
But really, I can tell this is setting up to be an interesting conversation (ironically). I genuinely thought a good bit of hubski would be with the author on this one. Face to face is so, so deeply ingrained in us genetically that I can't help but agree with what you quoted to an extent (although hubski's changing my mind about that and a lot of things day by day). I'm curious if anyone agrees with me. Might be its own topic.
I come to the internet because good conversation is pretty rare (and much less convenient) in my daily life. Just, interactions in personal space seem on the face of it much more fulfilling -- but often they're so banal, and nothing on hubski is ever short of scintillating. So I'm still partially trying to figure out where I stand on this one. But the need for close physical interaction with other humans is built into us, so it'll be hard getting past that.