I’ve taken over 100 trips with Lyft and Uber. I’ve found the vast majority of drivers to be quite interesting people, most of whom I would never otherwise cross paths with. They have interesting stories, come from other countries, are artists or musicians.
If you are in an area where you can use Lyft Line or Uber Pool, you have the added benefit of meeting passengers, who I’ve found to be similarly interesting in many cases.
I’d say that using these apps has made my life more connected to people, not less.