Living Room=Electronic hearth?

I’ve been noticing how many people have their living room organized around a TV/media center.
Walking my dog the past few nights, the number of glowing TVs set center stage in the living room, literally broadcasting out into the street–has surprised me. It seems as though, for many people, sitting around watching a screen or playing a game has replaced face to face conversation. Now, instead of being the main event, conversation is the filler in between innings, a request for something in the kitchen, or a comment on the screen.
This is not a good thing. We should find one another to be of greater interest than mass media.