It seems that fewer and fewer phone calls are actually made lately, at least on my end. People seem comfortable sending about 27 messages back and forth that may take up to an hour after thoughts finally process across the fairly new technology instead of just taking a couple of minutes to actually dial.
Try explaining this to an old person. Go ahead and sit your folks down and tell them how an inefficient message delivery system that sometimes takes forever is a far better means of communication than actually speaking to your intended party. Good luck with that.
I have a friend who won't ever answer his phone. Every form of communication with him is done via text messaging in order to guarantee a response. When I asked him why that was his preferred method he told me he just didn't know what to say.
It seems others prefer to send a text rather than speak to me. When I first got text messages it was usually just chipper little messages, funny pics, etc. Now I hear it all, from long rants to stuff I won't post about here. It seems that people are okay with typing messages in a bastardized version of English telling all tales of high drama and don't assume anything will ever be taken out of context.
I can see the benefits of texting though. It's less intrusive when trying to have a real life conversation and text at the same time, although this can be highly annoying to the present party. You can communicate quietly in situations that require it. You can also get really drunk and steal someone's phone and take it into the bathroom ensuring they, and everyone on their address book, awake the next morning to find a photo of your ass in their inbox. Not that I've ever done that....nope...never.
When I signed up for my cell plan, which was about four years ago, I got 400 free text messages to send and receive. This seemed reasonable until I looked at my bill this month and found I had over 900 messages distributed via my phone. This added up to a sum that doubled my normal monthly expenses.
I laughed and changed my plan to unlimited texting as it's worth the ten dollars a month. To think I'm not even sleeping with anyone.
"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." - Alexander Graham Bell