Aug
23

Phone, Email or Text?

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I’m an emailer. Ask anyone who knows me or has worked with me and they’ll tell you. Yep, there’s Kelly– right there in my inbox! Again.

I’ve been a fan of snail mail since  I was kid, but when AOL and email came along? Woo to the hoo. Type my mail. No envelope or stamp necessary. Just hit send and wait for that “You’ve got mail!” message to signal a reply. It was like crack. It still is to me in many ways. Even though those dial-up AOL days are long gone and I’m a gmailer now, I check my email oh, about 100 times a day. My laptop and my gmail are almost always open when I’m home.

Oh, I don’t mind a nice phone conversation once in a while and I can get in my chatty moods, but that requires timing of availability and logistics and moods of both folks involved.   If that’s going to be the case, let’s just meet for lunch.

Email is just so much more damn convenient and versatile. You can type a message to anyone at any time of the day, and the recipient can read it and respond when it’s convenient for him or her. Messages can be quick thoughts or longer memos or letters. They can be fun and conversational in tone, or they can be more formal and businesslike when needed. (True, some people don’t understand that yes, there is and should be a difference between formal and informal email– audience and purpose and all that–  but that’s probably another post.)

Well, I guess I don’t really need to be going on about the advantages and capabilities of email here, because if you’re reading a blog, I’m pretty sure you’ve got a handle on the whole ‘send mail electronically through the Internet’ concept, so I’ll just say that email mostly works for me because I’m better in writing, when I get to think about and play around with what I want to say until I get it right.

And I wouldn’t be giving email its due props if I didn’t say that I have friendships that would not be the same without it. Truly.

Then there’s the texting. You’d think I love it. But not so much. Well, it’s not that I don’t like it, I feel like it definitely has its purpose, but people sure do have differing views on what that is. Texting is great for short messages or quick questions when you’re out and about. The key words being “short” and “quick.” But there are people who try to have full on conversations with me via text, and I must admit, it makes me a little nuts. I find myself yelling into my phone, “Can you just pick up the phone and let’s actually talk and figure this out in a two minute conversation instead of these unending beeps and texts. My thumbs can’t take it!” Try as I might, it’s not the same as email on the go and I can’t seem to embrace it that way. Oh, I know that with smart phones these days, there is email on the go, but that’s a little different.

For now, I prefer my conversations in person or with my fingers on the home row.

What about you?

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Comments

  1. Lisa Kelly says:

    I really dislike the phone.

    I LOVE email, love it. I definitely keep in better touch with people as a result.

    I admittedly love texting. I admit I can be one of those people that attempts a full on conversation when I shouldn’t.

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