I do not enjoy talking on the phone and I am a firm believer in the text messages. Those that know me know that I cannot stand talking on the phone and I feel that if I were born 50 years earlier than I had been that there would be a plethora of men that would agree. But now men are women and women are men and everyone joyously talks on the phone. Not I. I don’t care if it is my mother or father, girlfriend, or my best-friend that I haven’t heard from in years, I’d rather not waste my time with the telephone glued to my ear when I can use it for a much better purpose; Angry Birds.
In all seriousness, though, I have a quota while talking on the phone. I start to get annoyed with the person that I speaking with (Read: listening to) after roughly 7 minutes. After ten, I stop caring what they are saying and get off of the phone as quickly as possible–unless it’s my father. I love him dearly, but he doesn’t hear the words “Okay, I’ve got to go now.” It really is mind blowing.
But I digress. With the advent of not so new technologies like text messaging and Facebook/Twitter (they’ve been here a while so use them), there is almost no reason to talk on the phone. So why don’t more people use these new technologies? Oh they do. They just seem to have more to say.
My phone bill states that I used exactly 219 minutes last month. That is 219 minutes too many, but it’s on it’s way down. That’s an average of a little over 7 minutes per day. Not a lot to the average person. Perfect for me. I did, however, use 1800+ text messages to communicate with coworkers, friends, and family. You’re probably thinking, “I used at least that many text messages to talk to my friends too! What’s this guy going on about?” I will tell you. For some reason the use of Facebook, Twitter, and text messages exponentially rises but the use of the telephone stays the same. Last month, I had no issues meeting up with anyone, making plans, or any other logistical undertakings that I came across and I’ll tell you why: because I have a brain. And you do too! It is not hard to text someone with the address of where you are in order to meet up and hang out. It’s quite easy.
I get it in parts. The doctor needs to call you to confirm appointments; you might have to call your school or work to figure something out; or (this is for women) you might have to call your mother 46 times per day. But how about we, as people, try to waste less time talking, and put it toward something useful like letting me listen to an audio book instead of interrupting me every single time I drive in my car.
The argument that I hear is that it’s less personal. You don’t actually talk to anyone and soon that will lead to robots will taking over the world or something like that. There are always robots. At least that’s what my friends say. The same friends that go out to the bar on Friday and the very next morning have their pictures from the night before uploaded to Facebook from their digital camera. Obviously being careful to avoid the reposts from the live tweeting that they did the night before so as not to be redundant. You get my point.
I just want to ask that instead of calling just stop and think. Is this something that the other person wants or needs to hear? If not, save the formality and shoot them a text. I am sure that they will get back to you. If not, then it probably wasn’t that important to begin with. Regardless of the fact, stop calling me. I’m trying to listen to a podcast or something.