Tuesday, October 3, 2023


On your phone, do you communicate more often by voice calls or text messages?

It’s pretty hard these days to not be glued to your phone 24/7. You’d have to put some serious effort into keeping it away from you. It dings with text messages, emails, app notifications, phone calls, security camera sightings… and much, much more.

When you use your phone, do you usually communicate more often by voice calls or by text messages? Do you have a preference, or does it mostly depend on the other person calling or texting?

After you vote in the below poll, please feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts.


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1 month ago

I hate texting. Since I have arthritis in my hands/fingers, texting is hard. I have also seen people spend an hour texting back and forth over something that wouldn’t have taken a 5 minute phone conversation to get communicated. I use an ear bud with my cell so it’s hands free.

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

Hi, Roy. I have considerable arthritis in just my left thumb. Since I’ve been typing for 66 years, and that’s the only finger that’s not used for typing, I’m wondering if that’s the reason. No problem at all with any of my other fingers, which get lots of exercise every day. Have a good night. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

I don’t like texting very much but that all most people communicate nowadays.
Sometimes it is easier to text to get a hold of someone instead of calling them. they just ignore a voice call.

Kelly R
1 month ago

My tongue works faster than my thumb. If you want me to respond to your text, you will have to wait a while. Would texting have been invented if we didn’t have thumbs?

1 month ago

Mainly txt for most day to day, but I usually check in via a voice call once a week or so. If important I will definitely call. Txt allows others to answer when their time is available. MHO

1 month ago

It depends: someone of our generation is usually open to regular phone call. Kids and grandkids seldom respond to voice and never email. I refuse to do instagram or X. My big problem is my hearing. I understand things in print

1 month ago

I prefer emails. It’s easier to convey details than either by voice or texting. If there’s back and forth, I switch to voice.

Glenda Alexander
1 month ago
Reply to  Irv

I agree with Irv. Conveying details via email means that the recipient(s) don’t have to write down the details and, maybe, omit something important. They can always re-read the email to refresh their memory or to verify the details.

1 month ago

I prefer voice contact as mentioned by several of the other responses…smart phones are electronic crack that has damaged the real person to person interactions in our society. I may be the lone voice in the wilderness but that is my observation as a medical provider with daily interactions that are brief due to the eyes locked on the screen

1 month ago
Reply to  scott

Thanks Scott! Electronic Crack. The best description of today’s pocket computers, also know as a phone which they are not used for in this day and age. For us in our upper seventies, tex message is what we use most of the time.
P.S. In Dr. office yesterday, 6 patients in waiting room staring at their their crack device.

Marie Beschen
1 month ago

I prefer to talk and I seem to be the one to call, while most my friends seem to text. We had a family feud a couple of years ago due to “miscommunication” because of texting – once it was discussed and settled, we all agreed not to text anymore and only call! 😉

1 month ago

Although I send and receive mostly texts it is frustrating not to hear through tone and inflection of the voice. One must carefully choose their words as well as syntax to prevent misunderstanding, which does not always work. In the day of having immediate access to people sadly we are losing real connection with them.

Vince S
1 month ago

I prefer voice conversations. A person’s “tone” is undetectable in text which increases the risk of miscommunication.

1 month ago

Do both. Great to hear a voice. Text more for a general question but for all other I call. It seems all sincerity is lost in texting.

Bob P
1 month ago

I talk much faster than I text, I’ve seen some people texting with both thumbs literally dancing over the tiny keyboard of their phone without making mistakes. I’m using 1 finger and backing up to correct mistakes and taking 30 seconds to text a five word text.

Kurt Shoemaker Sr
1 month ago

Texting is okay, but I like to hear the person I am communicating with so there is no misinterpretation about what is being said.

Kathy Niemeyer
1 month ago

My daughter only wants text though I prefer to talk. My brother and sister are the same way. I have other friends that texting is the ONLY way they will communicate with me. I am sure that it is because they can respond to the text when they want instead of having a conversation.

1 month ago

I enjoy the human voice more than a text. But that’s not shared by many others in today’s world. So we text our lives away.

1 month ago

it’s a generational thing.. My parents preferred letters to phone calls. I prefer phone calls to texting. my kid prefers texting to snapchat/instagram….

Seann Fox
1 month ago

I’d rather talk than text but most people would rather text.

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