The emergence of language (spoken and not programing) has revolutionised the development of human race. All through history and ancient scriptures, I see an expression of most complex human feelings through language. Different forms like fables, poetry, shlokas etc. were used to build 'life problems' and solutions to those problems. The Mahabharata, The Ramayana, The Bhagwad Geeta, The Vedas, The Upanishads are just a few of the known literary jewels . Not just in Hindu religion but the Quaraan and the Bible are also huge achievements in terms of development of language.
Though diluted to a great extent, I see the trend continue until about 100 years ago or maybe even 50. In Marathi & Hindi, one can find substantial literary work in the last but one generation. I cannot say that about our generation though.
writing a letter was always an expressive act for our grandparents. Words has to carry both, meaning and feelings. But the telephone and Internet made us more blunt. Language, in our parent's generation, moved from being a medium of expression to that of communication. Letters were still written but occasional telephone conversations ensured that letters could be limited to communicate only and the expression bit could be left to telephonic chats. Our generation now has stopped writing. e are a 'mobile' generation. The maximum written communication we prefer is 139 characters. Technology, which could have boosted our literary skills has become a limiting force.
We have become exceptionally good at technology & science. We are answering questions (at least trying to) that have puzzled mankind for long. But, we have moved away from ourselves and our lives.