I would not know exactly what percentage of total human interaction it constitutes, but asking people for information is an important component of human interaction – I hope your intuition will agree with mine on that. If it does not it’s still okay 😀
A common reply I get, when I ask people for information they may have, is “Search Google/Wikipedia instead of asking”. And yes! I am no less a culprit. Myself do that sooo often. Now, is that a downside of having information at the tip of the finger? Am I losing a reason to interact with people? Okay – just one of the reasons, but personally, to me, it matters a lot. Because I have grown up in an environment which has taught me to ask people when you do not know. And the need to ask is gone. You ask Wikipedia but there is something vacant somewhere.
Somebody may start off with a lecture on the disadvantages of technology from here… You won’t have my sympathies. I am not against technology for the heck of it. The idea is to get the good and get rid of the rest – in as good a manner as possible.
Although this had been on my mind, it got triggered by a mail from Priya. It was in reply to a mail of mine in which I had asked for more information about Halloween. She asked me to read Wikipedia 😛 And wasn’t it me who had sort of induced her to read Wikipedia in the first place 😉