Has using a telephone for making calls become obsolete? For those of you who grew up without the internet or smartphones, is calling and speaking with people on the phone still important? For those of you who grew up only using smartphones, is it necessary to call anyone anymore?
Yesterday I received a phone call from a dear friend. This is a friend with whom I am in constant touch with text messages so that we are generally aware of what is going on in each other’s lives. Yet, it was so good to actually talk to her that day. We had a long conversation. I was in a tizzy about something so I vented and she gave me good advice. Later that day, I came across this question about phone calls and it set me thinking. We carry our smart phones around like a bodily appendage, yet are we making as many phone calls as we used to ?
Has using a telephone for making calls become obsolete?
I don’t think it has become obsolete, but it has become less frequent. Remember, in the days before WhatsApp, when you wanted to have your buddies over you needed to make phone calls to each one. Now you just post the invitation on your buddies group and you’re done. So much time and energy saved, so many phone calls not made.
Many utility and other services have online complaint and query options so that you no longer need to make phone calls for these. Owing to constraints of time and privacy many people, myself included, prefer to use text messages on our phones instead of making calls.
For those of you who grew up without the internet or smartphones, is calling and speaking with people on the phone still important?
Being a bit of a technophobe, I started using a smartphone only about five years ago. But since then, I am so addicted that I cannot imagine life without it. My phone enables me to stay in touch with friends all over the world all the time without having to make any phone calls; very economical in terms of time and money.
My parents, despite having smart phones, refuse to text or use social media. I have several actual phone calls to and from them every day. This is why I never ever turn my phone off. I fear that they may need me in an emergency and be unable to reach me.
As far as having a conversation for the fun of it, actual phone calls beat messaging hands down. Using smiley or laughter emojis is never as therapeutic as sharing a hearty laugh with a friend over the phone.
For those of you who grew up only using smartphones, is it necessary to call anyone anymore?
This is for my kids’ generation. They are talking to their friends 24/7 using different kinds of apps and social media platforms. They even prefer that I text them rather than call them. Like most families today, we have a family WhatsApp group where we share schedules and other family stuff. Yet I have noticed that my kids use phone calls too when they want to enjoy talking to their friends or want an in depth discussion.
Finally, I think that the difference between a phone call or a message is the same as that between fast food and a relaxed meal at the table. Both have their own place and utility in our lives. We have the luxury of using both or either.
Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question # 46