Thursday, September 21, 2023


Do you communicate more by phone or text messages in a typical day?

Most of us have cellular phones these days, and we’re using them for a lot more than making and receiving phone calls. For many of us, it’s more convenient to text a message to a friend or business associate than take the time to make a phone call. In a way, it’s more polite as well — not forcing someone to stop what they’re doing right at the moment to respond.

So which are you — a talker or a texter? Do you send or receive more texts in a day than phone calls? Or is it the other way around?

Let’s see how the crowd communicates with their cell phones these days. Remember, it can take a few moments for the poll to load, so stand by. It’ll be around shortly.

Oh, remember: Don’t text while you are driving! That’s dangerous!

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Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.


  1. You can get more “communicated ” in a 5 minute conversation than would happen in 30 minutes of texting back and forth. I prefer a face to face conversation. I had to take communication classes because of the field I was in. I learned communication involves voice fluctuations as well as words. Also body language communicates a lot.

  2. It depends on who I am trying to get in touch with. Some of my family or friends it is better to send texts. For others I will get a faster response by calling and leaving a voice mail. And a few will pickup immediately.

    • Agreed. I text my kids, but older friends seem to prefer a phone call. Speaking a text instead of typing it generally makes me waste time going back and fixing it.

  3. Having hearing aids that bluetooth with my cell phone has made it easier to communicate this way. But after 34 years of being a manufacturers sales representative I don’t care much to talk on a phone anymore.

  4. At 78 years old and about 75% deaf (even with hearing aids), talking and listening on a cell phone is pretty much a fore gone effort on my part. Texting is basically my only form of communication along with email service.

  5. All of the above. I use email most heavily and for the widest variety of communications. I use the phone for talking to businesses like making campground reservations or updating our address. I use websites for both of those as well. I use Discord, which is a standing text stream and/or video chatting to keep family in the loop, posting photos or travel plans and seeing their updates as well. I don’t use phone texts as much, but they are key for authentication log in codes. I also use Google meet and Zoom for video chats. Note, Slack is an alternative to Discord. I believe both of these will be the next wave in communications, like Zoom was in 2020. Yeah, I was a techie in my former career.

  6. I hate texts. If i receive one while driving i have to pull over, put on my glasses, decide if it’s important ene ough to respond to. If so then i type in my message on that tiny keyboard. And if i receive a reply i have to reply that i received it. Endless circle. With phone i can communicate diectly and when done, done. And i can answer and communicate with Bluetooth and never stop driving.
    If I were in charge there would be no texting especially if the vehicle was moving. The capability to stop the phone while moving is already built in. The GPS.

    • Simple- put your phone in driving mode. Or, ignore the phone until it’s convenient for you. Sounds like the phone owns you instead of you owning the phone.

  7. Not many of either, but if I get on the phone it’s going to be at least ½ hour. I’m talkative and so are my friends. There goes valuable time. If I just want to make a quick wisecrack, texting is much better.

  8. I was forced to kill the capability of my phone to receive text messages. As I used to run a specialized service company, the number was published and as a result I got 40~50 texts in a week that were advertising that was no interest to me. I could not uninstall the app, but I moved it off the main screens and shut down notification. I look at it when the mood suits me and then delete all the messages.
    When E-mail from known senders arrives, I do read it, when I can.

  9. Phones are necessary but it is a love-hate relationship for a long time I have hated talking on the phone, any phone. Text I can tolerate but my thumbs move slowly.

  10. I hate both phone and texts. I much prefer email. Texts are too limited and I hate to play phone tag. Both interrupt whatever I’m doing. I check my email 3 or 4 times a day at my convenience.

    • I am with you Irv! In fact my cell phone is now obsolete so I am told – haven’t used it and have about 10,000 hrs in the bank! (Tracfone). My fingers won’t work a cell keyboard. We have a, heaven forbid, land line to talk on! The cells are only for away emergency use and then it’s voice! Now the problem is robo calls!

      So email wins again – I can delete it, save it or print it and it is all at my option.

  11. We only use the phone when we have to call a company or my 98 yr old mother-in-law.
    Most everyone else will text and then try to tell you something that could be said faster and better in a phone call.

  12. After 53 years of plumbing I want to hear a persons voice when being asked to perform a service.Why? Because I have become really astute at hearing if I want to become involved in a business deal with someone. The tone and content are big indicators of how things will go. A new customer or run as fast as I can from this person.

    • I would agree with you 100%. I prefer text to have the trail of facts, but for certain parts of my business, you just need to hear to believe it!

  13. I’d rather call or take a call but it’s becoming increasingly more convenient to communicate via texting especially group texting. It’s a faster means to communicate the same message to several people at once with nothing lost in translation. It’s not as personal though and I’m still not a fan.


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