Phone conversations and Go-To Meetings are one thing. Sure, they save time, money and energy, and permit easy communication across long distances. Facetime, Skype and other apps that permit you to see your communication partner are better. But nothing beats an actual face-to-face, whether in a business or private situation.
Real people, deep communication. There is simply no substitute for experiencing your partner's emotions, facial expressions, body language and, dare I say, vibes. We pick up so much information subconsciously from eye expressions, gestures, body language and energetic qualities that simply gets lost otherwise. Without face-to-face contact we easily misconstrue and misunderstand because we literally don't get the full picture. When we are together face-to-face we experience the whole person, seen and unseen aspects, and get the complete picture. Would you rather have dinner with a screen apparition of your friend or the real thing? There is a reason for business lunches and dinners, for meetings, for business travel. A virtual experience will never be the same as the real thing and the cost savings may not always be worth it.