Monday, March 21, 2011

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Monday sure rolls around fast. Friday night I hit the road to visit one of my besties in Pennsylvania and attended a beautiful wedding shower in New Jersey on Sunday. It was an amazing girls weekend and you can expect all the details to come over the next few days!

I read Don't Call Me, I Won't Call You over the weekend in the Fashion & Style section of The New York Times and it came to mind as I was writing my weekly to-dos. I have a few friends that I need to play catch up with and hope to connect on the phone. They will pick up, right?!

It certainly isn't a revelation that on both work and personal levels adults are using the phone less and less and relying on email, text messaging and social media to stay in touch. (I am focusing on the latter as work is another story.) The article asserts that "Phone calls are rude. Intrusive. Awkward." Etiquette authority Miss Manners, Judith Martin, agreed with the reporter. "Thank you for noticing something that millions of people have failed to notice since the invention of the telephone until just now. I've been hammering away at this for decades. The telephone has a very rude propensity to interrupt people."

I thought this view was a little extreme. Phone calls have their place and time, we're all busy. When it comes to personal communication, do you think phone conversations are going out of fashion?

I couldn't agree more with this reader comment:
"text me when you're late, text me the address of the place we're meeting, text me a funny joke to brighten my day, flirt with me over text. but call me if you really care."

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10 comments

  1. Such a good article and so true! I remember getting my own phone line back in middle school. I thought I was the coolest!

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  2. I also read this article and thought the same thing. Since when did a phone call become something special? I will always love a random phone call from a friend. It's a nice surprise to brighten your day.

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  3. I agree. Personally, I love to catch up over the phone. It is so much better to hear the intonation and I feel like you get a better sense of what they are trying to say.

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  4. I really love this post...it's so true how technology is changing the way we communicate. I sometimes find myself getting irritated when friends call and I'm in the middle of something...but then I think...well at least they care enough to call! Since when did did it become such a chore? Well said here!

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  5. So true. I agree with that comment. Like you stated, we are all busy, but sometimes an unexpected call can change your day, your mood, your attitude! I still enjoy them....

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  6. Hey girl! I just awarded you the stylish blogger award. I tagged you in my post and passed it on to you!

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  7. i too love a good phone chat but texting is definitely an easy way to communicate quickly when you are unable to place a long call. it will never take the place of an actual conversation though.

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  8. There's nothing like a good "phone date" with a faraway friend. My very best friend moved away 7 years ago and without phone calls our friendship would not have endured as strongly as it is. I will say texting/email/facebook is a huge help though-- the two of us are quite busy so much of our frequent communication is quick. but those long calls are sacred! thanks for following my blog!

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  9. I love having a good phone conversation with a close friend, especially the ones that live far away. It is just so nice to pick up where we left off. I'm definitely a phone friend :-)
    You've got a cute blog!

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  10. Oh wow, I'm going to need to find this piece. I can't believe the journalist thought that phone calls were rude. Of course, coming from certain people I can completely understand...but calling friends or family to catch up or just chat... hmmmm. I agree with you!

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