Yesterday, my friend and I were talking (and by talking I mean texting). We were discussing the benefits of texting/tweeting/emailing/facebooking (is that a verb?) in lieu of phone calls.
I, for one, love the ability to reach out in written communique rather than phoning a friend (royalty alert). I often feel I’ll sound stupid or poorly prepared on the telephone. The quick reaction and quick thinking on a phone call just isn’t the case when I write my message. I can reread it quickly and send it out rather than pausing verbally to contemplate my answer or response.
As a con, I feel a phone call often forces a person to take the time to speak with me. I’m not giving them many options. Sure, they could send me to voicemail but do they really want to record my wah, wah, wah? With a typed message on whatever the device at hand, they can answer, leave it for later, or respond in any form they choose.
My other HUGE pro towards the written word is the multi tasking I feel I’m getting accomplished. I’ve been known to carry on four or five conversations via text simultaneously about completely different subjects and get so much accomplished. Or maybe I’m not known for that. Perhaps those friends on the other end have no idea I’m multitasking. To them, they have my undivided attention.
At times, I’m even coordinating between several people about the same subject and there’s no need for the time lapse a phone call would have. “I’ll call you back after I speak with the babysitter.” Or, “I’ll let you know when he gets home, yada, yada.” (woops, another royalty alert) Instead, it’s instant information at your fingertips.
We also discussed (by texting, of course) the fact that sometimes it’s just a one or two word answer or message: Home Safe, Pick Up Kids, Get Milk (notice I didn’t say got?) and those are so much faster and to the point than a long drawn out conversation that inevitably will turn into the “what’s wrong, why do you sound mad at me” questions I always end up asking the Hubs. He stays in his safe zone if it’s just a text.
Do you think most people, like me, have moved on from the telephone or do you think I’m just part of a small few?