Here’s something for you to think about.
How many hours a week do you think you spend talking on the phone?
And how many hours a week do you think you spend texting?
Chances are you spend many more hours a week texting. And you are not the only one. Texting is very easy, and you can reply basically whenever you’d like. While talking on the phone requires you to be completely present.
These past several months, most of us have been texting a lot more than usual.
Texting has been one of the easiest ways to stay in touch with friends and family while social distancing.
The only thing is, texting is not always enough.
Of course, texting friends and family is far better than having no communication at all.
But there’s something special about hearing someone’s voice and/or seeing their face.
Sometimes text messages can get misunderstood or lost in our inbox.
Here’s an example. Have you ever vented to a friend via text after a bad day and didn’t get the response you were looking for?
Maybe you felt like they didn’t understand. Or maybe you felt like you weren’t there for you.
Chances are, your friend didn’t fully understand the situation or misread something in your text.
Phone calls make it much easier to get your point across and clearly communicate emotions.
Don’t get us wrong. Texting is great too.
It’s a very practical and easy way to pass on a quick message or confirm small details.
But solely relying on texting can make it much harder to maintain strong and healthy social connections during COVID.
Simply picking up the phone and calling a friend just to chat can go a long way.
Typing is one thing. Voices are another.