College Student Personnel Western Illinois University '14 | Iowa State University '12 | Runner, Yogi, List-Maker, Reader, Learner | Into Drinking Coffee and Eating Healthy | Newlywed | Unfinished | Morning Person | Bruce Springsteen enthusiast | Snail mail lover.
Make the Call
Yesterday I sent 191 text messages.
I could easily put together a list of reasons why texting is better than calling: it’s easier, it’s faster, you can do it during a meeting…etc. How long has it been though, since you’ve really experienced the power of a phone call? I mean the kind of phone call where you could have sent a, “Hey. How are you?” text message but choice to call instead.
Yesterday I caught up with an old friend from my time at Iowa State University, Alyssa. Alyssa and I talk on the only phone 1-2 times each semester to catch up. We do not text in between. She is in her last semester at The University of Kansas in their #sagrad program. It would be easy, even more convenient, for our friendship to move to texting only. We could keep each other informed of our job searches this semester and tell each other happy graduation via text message. That will not happen. It would change our friendship. We have remained closer throughout graduate school at separate institutions by talking on the phone, even if that is only a handful of times a year.
I’m scared that talking on the phone is becoming more and more obsolete. I’m scared that my graduate school friendships after graduation will not include many that are over the phone. I’m vowing to do whatever it takes to ensure that I still here voices on the other ends of my friendships, not just emojis.
Whether you have a lot to say or not a lot at all, a phone call is more meaningful than a text message. To hear someone’s voice on the other end of the line inspires a much deeper connection than seeing their name light up your screen as a text message. It also shows that you care.
We live in a world where our phones can do some pretty fantastic things. Email. Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. Siri. Games. But how often are you using your phone to make a call?