How often do you TALK on the phone

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    Aug 07, 2014 5:18 PM GMT
    I understand the(smart)phone is ubiquitous and the more communication channels we have, the less "phone" it becomes. With ppl texting, messaging, emailing facebooking, IGing and tweeting, etc. more than ever, how often do ppl these days actually spend on the phone/device conversing real-time? To be fair, I will count things like Skype or Google voice calls, facetime, as a call. Are we losing the ability to make conversation through a ringer?

    Personally, I have been talking on the phone less than ever. I can go for days without making or receiving a personal phone call, so I would say I spend on average about 10 minutes on the phone for personal use.

    For work, I would say I am on the phone for about 20 minutes a day on average.

    How about you guys?
  • nicelyproport...

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    Aug 07, 2014 5:30 PM GMT
    I spend very little time talking on the phone. I don't even own a cellphone. Most of my communication is face to face or via email.

    At my last job, I came across an internal document describing all of the employees. The description of me offered the following advice:

    Don't bother calling. Never picks up the phone. But will respond to an email within minutes.
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    Aug 07, 2014 5:31 PM GMT
    Work and volunteering involves constant, epic conference calls. Thusly I cringe every time the phone rings and rarely initiate voice conversations.

    There are some people, though, who haven't embraced text-based communication (including my mom, who - at 72 - can and does text but prefers to talk live, and one friend, younger than me, who just doesn't like it).

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    Aug 07, 2014 5:34 PM GMT
    Phone conversations - at least 1 per day (besides quick calls to/from my partner.) I never text.
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    Aug 07, 2014 5:42 PM GMT
    A talk on the phone a few times a week. Those are usually long phone calls too, atleast an hour or more.
    I've only ever used Skype a few times-- two or three.

    I definitely text, Facebook and email a lot more though.
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    Aug 07, 2014 6:58 PM GMT
    nicelyproportioned saidI spend very little time talking on the phone. I don't even own a cellphone. Most of my communication is face to face or via email.

    At my last job, I came across an internal document describing all of the employees. The description of me offered the following advice:

    Don't bother calling. Never picks up the phone. But will respond to an email within minutes.


    Funny. I loathe talking on the phone. Even the phrase "talking on the phone" sounds sort of antiquated to me, now. Were it not for some business dealings that require more security, I would cancel my land line. Strictly email and cellphone when the former is not possible.

    I see these people out in public with their cellphones glued to their ears, especially the ones at the grocery store... "Should I get the whole niblets or the creamed corn?"... I wanna barf...
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    Aug 08, 2014 3:06 AM GMT
    I honestly don't like talking on the phone much. Unless there's a specific reason. For idle chat/bullshitting, I'd rather meet/talk in person.
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    Aug 08, 2014 3:09 AM GMT
    If I talk to my best friend, usually 30 minutes sometimes an hour if we have a lot going on. Otherwise, 5-10 minutes, get to the point and hang up.
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    Aug 08, 2014 3:15 AM GMT
    Just had a conversation with my coworker this week. He noticed that his children are very awkward on phone conversation but they are fine talking in-person or on skype, facetime, etc.

    He thinks it has to do with smartphones and social media.
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    Aug 08, 2014 3:18 AM GMT
    I love talking on the phone because it is communication with voices, which can convey in moments what it takes a dozen texts to do, as well as far less chance of misinterpretation as there is tone of voice, cadencing, and immediate clarification if something is not understood. I look at convos on here and see lots of text misery in miscommunicating.

    With texting, I have found that never before have people
    said so much yet been understood so little.

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    Aug 08, 2014 1:04 PM GMT
    Phones suck for talking these days. Give me a good old fashioned landline. They always sounded good, and never dropped a call.

    I only talk on the phone now if I have to.
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    Aug 08, 2014 1:39 PM GMT
    preference for getting a text vs a voice phone call
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    Aug 08, 2014 3:43 PM GMT
    I spend 10mn on the phone with my father every day .
    Beside , i fancy the texting process as it is easier for me .
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    Aug 08, 2014 3:53 PM GMT
    Every night. icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 08, 2014 3:54 PM GMT
    I almost never talk on the phone and if I do it is usually less than 3 mins. I'd rather text so I can keep doing whatever I'm doing. Not one of those tuck the phone in your shoulder and talk talk talk kinda people haha.
  • madsexy

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    Aug 08, 2014 4:18 PM GMT
    I'm a short conversation talker on the phone and a short texter. If a text goes on more than 10 or so exchanges I usually hit CALL and just FINISH IT. Most of the time for work I have control over whose calls get to me and then I have to take them if I want to or not. For personal I talk to my parents and my brothers and sister and to my USA dads on the phone every week at least so those plus my USA dads and now I seem to call my fiance for stupid reasons fairly often just to hear his voice! OMG!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 08, 2014 5:06 PM GMT
    I get only 200 min included in my plan, and I use about 150 min per month, which is okay, don't wanna spend $ on surcharges.

    I get unlimited txt'ing, social media data, etc, so I'd better use that.
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    Aug 08, 2014 6:04 PM GMT
    me whenever i get a phone call

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    Aug 08, 2014 6:37 PM GMT
    Phones are used for talking?! How is it done exactly?
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    Aug 08, 2014 7:23 PM GMT
    If one can't meet face-to-face to converse, then I love talking on a land line with its superior acoustics and no call waiting, so one can have phone conversation visits which approximate real life. I have long social telephone conversations on most days. For conducting business I find the telephone a much more effective resource but not the exclusive one which is useful; it is one of all the tools, some of which work better in certain circumstances.
  • rac727

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    Aug 09, 2014 2:23 AM GMT
    I am on the phone almost everyday for work but when it comes to friends or personal use it is pretty often almost everyday with certain people for a long time there are others i only talk to through facebook or texts that i wish would talk more on the phone though icon_neutral.gif
  • goodmagic

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    Aug 09, 2014 10:31 PM GMT
    About 2 hours a day.
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    Aug 10, 2014 2:36 AM GMT
    Hate talking on the phone unless it's something urgent.
    so maybe like 30 minutes a month.. :s
  • Rene_Aensland

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    Aug 10, 2014 2:46 AM GMT
    Hell no.
    Text.

    I don't have Voicemail set up because I don't want to hear that shit either, pisses people off and right after they call I text them and ask them what the fuck do they want.


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    Aug 10, 2014 2:53 AM GMT
    I prefer text or just talking in person. Phones are awkward to me.