10 Reasons You Should Call Instead of Text
Remember when phone calls could only be made from home? People would sit around the house and wait just to hear from a certain person or persons. The only mobility you had with a call was taking the phone from one room to another.
Then pagers/beepers were invented, which created more mobility outside the home, but you still had to wait for the person to get to a phone to call you back. But in today’s day and age, with more advanced technology, mobile devices have made it much more easier to communicate on the go.
Now, you rarely miss a call and in worst cases if someone is really trying to contact you they’ll simply drop you a text.
Texting, in my opinion, is a gift and a curse. On one hand it’s a quick and simple way to communicate. For most people, it is more convenient for them to text rather than pick up the phone to talk. But on the other hand, texting has taken the closeness out of conversations.
Here are the top 10 reasons why it’s better to call someone rather than text:
1. You misinterpret emotions:
It’s very hard to interpret a persons emotions based off a text message. Because they are simply using words you don’t know exactly what their emotional state is. This leaves you to assume that you know how they are feeling. Most times people will give unnoticeable hints during text conversations that help us realize that maybe we should have called rather than texted. They give one word answers, they don’t respond as quickly as they normally would or the one that is very self explanatory is when they write in all caps. If you’re unsure how someone is feeling, if you’re not comfortable with how the conversation is playing out then maybe you should pick up the phone and simply ask “how are you”?
*TIP: Some people feel more appreciated when they receive a phone call from someone who simply asks “how are you”? I’m not saying you have to do call someone every day to ask this question, but try doing it often. You never know what a person is going through.
2. You need to get your point across clearly:
If you have something you want or need to say to someone and you want to make sure they understand exactly what you’re saying, don’t text, just call. It saves you a lot of hassle.
3. If texting is supposed to be quick why does it take so long to respond:
Texting is supposed to be a quick and simple way to communicate. So why does it take most people hours to respond back? Most times they have legitimate reasons. Other times they just forget. But if you know for a fact you have someone who is bad at texting back quickly you need to stop texting them and just call them.
4. Why send paragraph texts when you can just call:
If you’re going to send an excessively long text, DO NOT DO IT! Text messages should be kept short, sweet and to the point. If you feel that you’ve been typing your message for an extended amount of time then you probably have been. Don’t finish your thought, stop right in the middle of it and call the person. You’ve just saved that person the agony of reading a book and you saved yourself from either receiving a one word response or no response at all.
5. You misinterpret a text:
We all read things and interpret them differently. It’s very common for someone to receive a message and misinterpret what the person is trying to say. We think they’re saying one thing, but they’re really saying something else. Here’s a solution, if you receive a text message like this, before you respond back off what you think or believe they are trying to say, pick up the phone and give them a call. That way everyone will be on the same page.
6. You lose friendliness:
Most people enjoy friendly chit chats throughout the day to help pass the time or to entertain them. Other people may be having or had a bad day and just need to hear some calming, encouraging or motivating words from a certain person or persons. If you’re looking for any of these things to get you through the day then you need to pick up your phone and make a call. Reading words will make you feel better, but hearing love and passion behind that person or persons voice would make that moment mean so much more.
7. Pros and cons of auto correct:
Auto correct, especially on smartphones, can be a gift and a curse. On one hand it is very helpful for those who may be trying to spell big words. It may be helpful when you’re mentally spelling a word, but it does not sound like you’re spelling it correct. But on the other hand it could add a word to your message that you did not want and throw the entire text off. If you aren’t paying attention it could easily slip pass you and leave the receiver of that message confused. If this has happened to you or it happens frequently, stop stressing yourself, just pick up the phone and start calling people more often. That way you don’t have to wreck your brain with misspellings and slip up words.
Most people nowadays like to multi-task. They are taking care of so many things at one time that we tend to forget all about a text message we received in the middle of their task. They may have read it, but didn’t have the chance to respond or they may have heard or felt their phone go off and forgot to open the text to read it. There were two amazing instruments invented that cater to a multi-taskers life, Bluetooth and headphones. Each of these make getting things done and enjoying a conversation much easier than texting. You’re hands are free to do what you need to do and you can converse as freely and as quickly as possible.
9. Text message break-ups:
We all know at least one person who as either been dumped via text message or has been the dumper via text message. Either way this is a complete NO NO! It is not now, nor will it ever be acceptable to break-up with someone via text. Even breaking up over the phone is slightly unacceptable in my book, but a text message just makes it appear as though that person means nothing to you. It may seem as though they were just convenient for you which is why you just dropped them a simple “it’s over” text. Don’t make it appear as though you don’t care, even if you truly don’t. If you don’t have the heart to do it face-to-face, have the decency to pick up the phone, call that person and explain to them why you want out of your relationship.
10: What if the other person can’t text:
In many instances, some people are not in a position where they can text. Maybe they ran out of text minutes, they’re not around wifi, they felt that including texting to their bill was unnecessary or maybe they simply don’t like texting. So in these cases what do you do? How do you communicate with them? Your only option, if you really would like to speak to that person or persons, is to pick up the phone and make a call.
Akeera Weathers | News Cult