September 21, 2011


Would you rather be texted, emailed or called?

The reason I ask is that while I'm a great emailer (not to many of you fine readers lately, sorry) and a half decent texter (I can't keep up with 13 year old girls but who can), I'm a lousy phone conversationalist. I know I come off like a decent communicator here. I can be witty and fun and poignant and humorously inappropriate. In person I'm more of a dork but I can definitely hold up my end of a conversation, awkward pauses aside. But talking to me on the phone is like trying to have a conversation with Ronald Reagan. In his current state.

I'm not sure why.

I realize that email is a vastly inferior form of communication. Sure, it's fast and efficient but easily misunderstood and misinterpreted. Texting is worse. But send me an email or text message any day. Trust me. It's best for both of us.

So, text, email or call? Which will it be?

Posted by Chris at September 21, 2011 7:41 AM

I am also a text or email person. Although you forgot one other option - instant messaging. Given a choice, I'll take IM over both texting and email any day.

Posted by: Delia at September 21, 2011 7:56 AM

E-mail or text me. Don't call me. I'll let it go to voicemail and usually e-mail you back if I can. HATE talking on the phone!

Posted by: Lisa at September 21, 2011 7:59 AM

Txt for sure, followed closely by email.

Posted by: Kris at September 21, 2011 8:15 AM

I'm 100% an email person. My phone can't handle texting, so I don't do it. And I can't stand talking on the phone! I'm the coordinator for a soccer club and we occasionally have someone without an email address that I actually have to talk to and I can't imagine how anyone can even function without email these days!

Posted by: Elizabeth at September 21, 2011 8:21 AM

I prefer e-mail. I'll always choose texting over calling, and at our office, we're notorious for using IM instead of picking up the phone. But e-mail's my favorite. E-mail allows me enough space to share however much (or little) I'd like and move on.

Posted by: Emily at September 21, 2011 8:32 AM

Oh, I hate talking on the phone. Please email, text, or IM me. But don't start up a video chat without asking me first. :)

Posted by: Alison at September 21, 2011 9:02 AM

Email first, text second, call only if you have NO other choice.
However, It can take me 15 minutes to type a simple email to a client to make sure the "tone" is correct. And that I'm not to wordy because that's a real problem of mine!

Posted by: NancyB at September 21, 2011 9:07 AM

For me the answer to that question depends entirely on who I'm talking to and what the purpose is. I'm not a huge fan of talking on the phone but there are a select few folks that I enjoy talking to on the phone. For the most part I prefer email though except for talking to my husband and for that I prefer IM, text or in person, we just aren't phone people.

Posted by: Jen at September 21, 2011 9:10 AM

Email, Call, and then Text is my order. I have friends who text novels so that is too time consuming to keep up with. I eventually call or email back when it starts looking like a short novel instead of a brief text :-)


Posted by: Julie Andel at September 21, 2011 9:40 AM

Depends on the person and the message. If you need to talk about something important, let's talk. If you want to know what I want for dinner, or tell me what time I need to pick up the kids, text me. If you want to ask me something during the day when I'm working, email me. :)

But my first choice is text. If it's important enough after a text, I'll call you.

Posted by: Brad at September 21, 2011 10:02 AM

email! i usually just cringe when my phone rings, because my kids will inevitably start sounding like one of them is being murdered the minute i pick up the phone. the more important the call, the bigger the zoo!

Posted by: kati at September 21, 2011 10:36 AM

I prefer email. I usually feel blindsided when I get a call, and have the awful feeling I am stumbling over my words. If there is an email, I have time to read it and respond appropriately.

Posted by: bacioni at September 21, 2011 10:46 AM

I'm the same as you, I think there are a lot of us around who don't like using the phone and email and text have been a real boon. Whenever I hear people moan about others not calling I always assume it's because the person is more comfortable using email or text and maybe deserves a bit of understanding.

Posted by: Katherine at September 21, 2011 11:16 AM

Email or text. No phone calls. I probably won't call back. I hate talking on the phone.

Posted by: akofaolain at September 21, 2011 11:34 AM

Text or email all the way. Mostly texting lately, I just seem to communicate better in small bursts.

Posted by: Jeff A at September 21, 2011 12:25 PM

I am a great emailer and texter. I DESPISE talking on the phone. I think my plan last month included nearly 4k texts and only 43 minutes used. That's my personal best.

Posted by: Issa at September 21, 2011 12:49 PM

It depends on the situation. I would much rather text if it's just a quick, "hey don't forget to do XYZ after work tonight." But sometimes I find trying to have a conversation when texting takes WAY too much time than just picking up the phone!

Posted by: Fabs at September 21, 2011 1:17 PM

In general, I prefer texting, then email. I really don't like to be on the phone, especially if it's with someone who isn't a friend or family member. I put off making a call for as long as I can before I *have* to do it. If making a call, I will often write out a "script" or the basics of the message or info that I need to convey because I forget or I stumble over my words and sound even less intelligent than a rock.

Posted by: ironic1 at September 21, 2011 1:39 PM

Definitely email. I do use the phone because not all of my friends have computers but I don't stay on long. I don't text unless I'm responding and then only with a word or two.

Are you still sending email notices for your posts?

Posted by: ann adams at September 21, 2011 1:58 PM

text me... i despise talking on the phone its alst resort only for me... much to my moms chagrin...

Posted by: suicide_blond at September 21, 2011 2:50 PM

I hate the phone. Hate it.

At least with an email I can go over what I say to make sure it's not just stupid before I hit "send." With the phone I feel like I'm constantly on the spot, and I don't have the added benefit of reading people's visual cues and body language. Only tone of voice. It's like driving blind.

And it's boring. I end up trying to do something while I'm talking on the phone and then I lose track of the conversation and it just turns into one big pile of awkward.

Yeah. Me and the phone? Not friends.

Posted by: Amy at September 21, 2011 3:09 PM

Right now I would rather be texted.

Posted by: Celtic-Knot at September 21, 2011 5:35 PM

Text, email, snail mail letter, carrier pigeon... I don't care how you get in contact with me, as long as I don't actually have to use my phone as a phone. ;)

Posted by: Manda at September 21, 2011 9:13 PM

I'm just gettin on the txt bus here since I just got my own iphone. But I see it is pretty handy when you just need to send a quick thought, question, answer to someone.

Email is a good way if you want to have a lengthy, one sided sharing of information. Yeah, they can respond and you can go back and forth some, but it's not really efficient for that.

but if it's an extended actual discussion on a topic or event, then phone is the way to go for me. I don't really enjoy talking on the phone much, especially if I don't have a particular topic to address. I'm not one who will just call you to say hi. But if I need to tell work out what our thanksgiving plans should be or share news about my new job/raise/baby/accomplishment/relationship then I like a call.

Although now there is skype, which i like even BETTER! cause hello there! I see you!

Posted by: Angela at September 21, 2011 9:54 PM

IM when I'm on. Email when I'm not. I love talking on the phone, but I never seem to have time. Voice chat works for me when I'm working at home.

Posted by: alektra at September 22, 2011 7:54 AM

Definitely text or email. I suck at phone. Comes from years of being way too busy all day long to carry on phone conversations, and the utter disdain for conference calls. And in the world of HR, email provides great record, so I archive everything.

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