We know a lot about some famous people from letters they have written and received. It seems that a lot more communication with people who were important in their lives was written instead of face-to-face, as it generally is today thanks to technology, i.e. because of video communication we can now talk face-to-face with someone on the other side of the world via the internet.
I think most of us have heard concerned people complaining that computers, smart phones, etc. have made us less sociable but I'm wondering if we were artificially sociable previously due to advanced transportation (cars and high-speed trains) before real-time, affordable long-distance communication?
So between the 15th and 19th centuries in Europe and England, did people who did not live in close proximity (lets say middle class people) write to each other as their primary form of communication because travel was prohibitively difficult/expensive or did they often meet face-to-face and reserve writing to each other for special occasions? Was socialising mostly done with people in the immediate neighbourhood or did people frequently travel for a long time to meet their friends, family and acquaintances? (e.g. it might take me between half an hour to one and a half hours to visit my friends and family or travel to work).