Forget The Text: Why We Should All Go Back To Phone Calls

I think I was born in the wrong decade, but I miss receiving letters in the mail. Unfortunately my hopes and dreams were crushed the day I left summer camp — the day I received my last letter.

Letters have now been replaced with phone calls, which I guess is fine…if you even actually make phone calls. And I’m not talking about dialing excessively in a drunken rant calling your last hook up six times at 2 a.m. while also trying to catch the cheese as it slides off your slice of pizza (obviously his fault). I’m talking about a real-deal phone call, one where you’re on a walk home from class and you pull out your phone to fake text people so you don’t look like a loser, but then you actually decide to call that one specific person. Could you imagine?

Nothing can ever replace the feeling of receiving a phone call.

The caller anxiously listens to the dial tone waiting for you to pick up, while you’re consumed by excitement for the sole purpose that someone, whoever it may be, wants to hear your voice. The name of the person calling you pops in huge white block letters and all you have to do is simply slide your pointer finger to the right. You have not a clue as to what he/she is going to say and that’s what makes it so exciting. You anticipate the conversation.

Nowadays, phone calls make us nervous. We think to ourselves “what can be so important?” It’s almost confusing. Did I forget to pay my utility bill? Did I excessively overdraft? Am I pregnant? I must be in trouble for something.

On the contrary, a text message immediately pops up on your screen with the exact characters, spoiling the drama. More than likely, it is something as mundane as “hey.”

Hey’s sister texts include: “Hi, Hi what’s up, Hii, Hiii, Hiiii.”

Hey’s brother texts include: “Heyy, Hey what’s up”

But what is that all about?

Note to future husband: please don’t ever “hey” me. Call me.

You can plan what you are going to say, but half of the words you plan to say don’t end up coming out. You can’t perfect a phone conversation, and that is what makes it so special.

You can’t calculate the right amount of words to say.  You just speak.

You don’t have to worry about the right amount of lines to send. You don’t have to fake a “lol.” It’ll come naturally.

You can actually hear the person’s voice.

Aside from video chatting, it’s like you are right there with them. And the biggest compliment of all is that the person took the time to call you. You were the only one they wanted to talk to in that moment.

You don’t have to worry about making an excuse for “oh well that wasn’t really a text to respond to.” When you “lol” while on the phone, the person on the other end isn’t going to just hang up because they didn’t have anything to say back, unless he or she is a complete asshole.

You can text a bunch of people at the same time, but you can’t have two individual phone conversations simultaneously…unless it’s a mutual three-way. And if that’s the case, keep doing you.

Make the phone call when you can. Stop limiting your already limited interactions with the people you care about. But remember, you’ve got to commit, actually saying the words “el oh el” or other sorts of verbal texting are completely unacceptable.

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