When you want to catch up with a friend or family member, what method of communication do you choose?
Modern smartphones can do much more than just make a phone call. Of course, you still have the option to call friends and family on your smartphone, but you can also send a quick text or make a more personal video call.
Is it a method of contacting people superior to others? Probably not. Each method has its advantages, and the one we use most often simply comes down to personal preference.
Calling someone can be a quick way to get an answer to a question or discuss something important. Almost everyone with a smartphone also has unlimited minutes for phone calls. However, many people find it difficult to end a phone conversation, so it ends up needlessly dragging on.
Just like calling, texting can be a great way to get a quick response from someone. This is especially true if you know they’re in a situation where they can’t answer their phone, like at the doctor’s office or in class.
Also, people often find answering a text less intimidating than answering a phone call. It usually takes less time and there is always the option not to respond.
Unfortunately, the texts can be easily forgotten. Has she ever opened a text from someone, didn’t respond, and then completely forgot about it because she didn’t see the notification anymore? You are certainly not alone.
Video calls are generally not the way to go if you want quick communication, but many people prefer it because it’s more personal. While native apps like plain FaceTime on iPhone make video calling easy, there are plenty of video calling apps available that work across all platforms and with little setup. Video calls allow you to see your loved one’s face and usually help you focus on the conversation.
Which prefer? Text messages, calls or video calls?
When you find yourself wanting to contact a friend or family member, which method do you lean towards? Do you opt for the classic phone call, a quick text message or a more personal video call where you can see each other’s faces?