I’ve had a nifty iPhone for almost 3 years now and I love it. However, it pains me to admit that my iPhone is rarely used for a phone conversation. Trying to connect with friends & family over the phone is a huge challenge for me. Many of my friends have their own kids, and if our schedules magically align to actually have a phone conversation after several games of phone-tag, it’s a miracle. And when we do finally connect via phone, if our conversation isn’t interrupted, well, wait… that hasn’t happened in oh, since about the time my water broke!
I find texting, email & even Facebook to be a fantastic way of getting in touch with people these days. As long as they can read my voice. No, not you. You are an awesome reader who loves me for my fun & sarcastic attitude, right? But I’m sure you know what I mean. You ever deal with a sensitive friend or family member who reads your email/text/whathaveyou tone completely wrong? I can understand how it could happen. But, maybe, don’t assume I’m bitching about one thing or another… or yeah, assume I’m bitching about you and be afraid, very afraid. Oops, did I say that outloud? Did you not like my tone? See what I mean? Where’s the sarcasm font?
I do wish I had all the time in the world to call everyone I love and have conversations like I used to. Remember when you first got together with your partner and you would talk on the phone for hours? Literally, HOURS?! I don’t think that was just me, was it? Communication has changed drastically. Take Twitter for example. I know many of you enjoy tweeting back & forth. I’m still working on my twitter-skills… but — confession time — twitter gives me anxiety. And many times, I’ll think of a clever tweet, and quickly realize it would make a great blog post instead. If anyone has twitter advice for me, I’d love to hear it! I know many bloggers are twitter fanatics. Teach me.
Times change… and so do we. Maybe we’re not the phone conversationalists we once were. But, hopefully some of us are morphing into better writers by using email &/or a blog as an opportunity to deepen that skill. We may be busier and constantly interrupted, but when you think about all the ways we can connect & communicate with friends, old & new from our past & present, it’s pretty incredible.