Saturday, August 7, 2010

Do you use the phone?

So I was watching some DVR'ed episodes of the view and one of their topics got me thinking.. Of course as a teen, before cell phones (when my beeper was my I loved talking on the phone I spent HOURS upon HOURS on the phone. Now between the Internet and texting I absolutely hate when the phone rings and I know I have to have a conversation. When it comes down to it I would rather text or email someone then have to have a phone conversation.
I even gave up my cell phone when I stopped working, figuring I'm sitting here everyday with a home phone and Internet why do I need another 100$ bill a month for...And even thinking hey maybe I will pick up that actual home phone and reconnect with some people..Nope!

I have been trying to figure out why it has become so much more of a convenience for us to text, I.M and email rather then pick up the phone and have a personal connection.
From my stand point obviously the introduction of cell phones, texting and all the other technology out there has given us an easier way. But for me I think it's also more at my own pace. I don't have to worry about a kid yelling in the background, the dog needing to go out, etc etc
I can shoot someone a message or respond an hour later with no real reason needed, I can sit down at night when everyone is in bed and write out an email.
I guess when I really thought about it (although still not motivated to pick up the phone).. I feel sad about the loss of personal connections, and sad that my kids may never sit up at night having a conversation with the best friend until the early morning. Instead they will sit there typing out messages, and that personal connection is getting more lost the more advanced technology becomes.
So do you still enjoy talking on the phone? Or would you rather communicate via other means?

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CoffeeJitters (Judy Haley) said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm with you - I hate the phone. I want to exchange information, and I hate those long pauses where people on both sides of the conversation are thinking of something to say (usually when I try to get out of the phone call, but others complain I always hang up too soon)

Sippy Cup Mom said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am right with you, but I never liked talking on the phone. I am all about email or text and luckily my friends and family know that! ;-)

This Mom said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I didn't start hating the phone until I had kids, and realized I needed to be more efficient. My family isn't really in to texting, but I finally have everyone on board with emailing whenever possible. In one way it's sad to lose that authentic contact, but some of the drawn-out conversations really were a waste of time.

The worst is when someone calls and my portable phone is dead...and I have to actually sit down beside the old-fashioned phone and give the caller my complete attention! At least with a portable phone I keep on movin' with housecleaning, laundry, getting kids ready, whatever the case may be.

Kate @ This Mom Loves

Mommylebron said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I agree, too. We don't even have a house phone, haven't for years! My house is never quiet enough to hold a phone conversation plus I get performance anxiety! I like to think about what I'm saying, play with my wording. There's no "delete" button when your speaking!
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Susan said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I was blogging around this morning and found your blog. Well to answer your question, first I guess talking on the phone I didn't like all that much because I used to be a phone solicitor, and I think that takes the starch out of that senario. Texting I've rarely done, and have just learned recently how to do it. I'm slow at best at at. But I do use email a great deal to my brother and mother in-law who live far away. It's an easy convenient way of writing a letter and it gets there alot faster too.
So I find it just as personal and I don't have to worry about disturbing my brother when he's watching his favorite show

♥Cari♥ said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I never really minded the phone, I actually used to love it. Then, I had a child and everything changed. The only time I can have an uninterrupted conversations is if she is in bed. Otherwise, I end up repeating myself a billion times, or I'm asking the person I'm speaking with to repeat themselves and it's just ridiculous. Texting is sooo much easier.

pmernick said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I still like the phone - at least for friends and family I want to talk to! I'm of a pre-computer/cell phone generation, so that probably is why. I do find email incredibly convenient for scheduling meetings, distributing information, etc.
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