I think technology can. Something like social media can create a wall between people. In the back of most people's head they're something that causes them to treat a person online different than offline. There are some folks I've kept in contact with online that like to say something like "I was talking to so an so In Real Life" and jokingly I remind them that they're having a conversation in real life too. As exaggerated as that may sound.
We are a cute and loving international community Ｏ(≧▽≦)Ｏ !