We live in a time of connectedness that has never been experienced by any other time in the history of humanity. We can connect with people continents away, in different time zones… hell… not even on our planet (ISS). It is a privilege to be able to harness the power of technology and communicate with people as we do now… to communicate by voice, photograph, or video across vast distances.
But… I’m an introvert.
I already have to talk on the phone all day for work.
On my off times, I don’t feel the need to be in constant communication with people. Sometimes, I’m secretly glad when my phone runs out of air time and I’m without a phone for four or five days until I’m able to refill service. Sometimes, I don’t check my mail for weeks at a time. Same with email.
I don’t even have my voicemail set up.
I like communicating through text though. S.O. and I communicate more through text than talk when we’re not together.
So this begs the question… why do people need to talk on the phone all the time?
Hear me out — one of my coworkers is literally either on the phone for work or talking to someone on her cell phone all the time. From the time she comes in, to the time she’s leaving.
Aren’t you going to run out of things to talk about?
I know I will.
I had a roommate in undergrad, when I was living in the dorms, that from the second she got in from classes she was on the phone to the minute she went to sleep.
Literal phone conversation between me and S.O.:
Me: How was your day?
Him: It sucked. I was in court all day.
Me: Ugh. That sucks.
Him: How was your day?
Me: I talked on the phone all day.
I mean, we share funny shit on FB and have long talks when we’re together. But I just can’t stand talking on the phone to people. We text a good bit. I mean, I’d rather talk in text because I can think about what I’m going to say before I say it.
Maybe it’s a me thing.
I mean, at that rate aren’t you going to get brain cancer or something from your cell phone?
Yeah… probably a me thing.