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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Phony Resolution

A friend of mine told me I need to cultivate the art of talking on the phone. I told her it's a dying art and that texting has taken over. She told me that totally depends on the person.

I don't have much use for chatting on the phone. If I have something to say, I can usually say it in six characters or less. Time saved.

But perhaps the point isn't to save time. Perhaps it's to cultivate friendships. She made me wonder if I'm missing out on something.

It used to be when my cell phone had limited minutes, I kept my talking to a minimum. What started out as a necessity has become a habit. My cell phone minutes are no longer limited, so I don't have to avoid talking. But I'm not sure how to suddenly start chatting again.

So, I've made a resolution. Before I text someone, I will call them. I will try to hold phone conversations. I will deepen my friendships.

Yikes. The very thought makes me nervous.

Anyway...if you wonder why I'm suddenly calling to chat...now you know why.

12 comments:

Angie said...

I think that's a great resolution. Good luck!

Aaron and Emily said...

wait... you no longer have limited minutes? We can just chat and talk?! I'm calling you soon...

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

lol Em you could've talked to me even before...since I think we've both had Verizon for forever.

Elisa said...

I think I just get anxious about awkwardness. I am usually all business on the phone. That has softened a bit, but old habits die hard...and being 'efficient' on the phone also makes me seem 'cold' far too often. I also DESPISE leaving messages. I much prefer to chat in person. But really, I need to make a similar resolution because face-time conversations across country are pretty rare.

Mary Gray said...

Oh I love texting. I'm not to your level yet! I don't want to make this resolution!

Meg said...

YES! Calling:1 Texting:0 Phone calls are so much more personal. I'm learning that I am far too sarcastic to get my point across in a text without sounding like a meanie.

Rebecca said...

Maybe that's why I hardly talk to anyone. I don't have texting on my Go Phone. Well, I do, but it would cost an arm and a leg!

chococatania said...

haha! I'm kind of making the opposite solution. I've had unlimited minutes for so long, that I talk too much. I find that when I'm spending too much time on the phone - chatting aimlessly - then conversation has the potential to go sour (into negativity, etc.)

That being said, I'm not giving up the phone, I just need to find a happy medium. somewhere between where I am now and where you are! :)

Hillary Sperry said...

Haha! Seriously laughing here. I wondered ;) and good luck!

Kari Marie said...

Oo! Email and texting have completely taken over my communication style. I used to talk on the phone all the time. I don't really know when that stopped. I should probably "practice" talking to someone on the phone at least once per week. LOL.

DL Hammons said...

You want to deepen our relationship? Add a smiley face on the end of your text! :)

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

that's me, Kari! I'm practicing!

ha ha, DL! That's funny!

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