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Yes, I do actually enjoy phone calls! - Walking on the Edge
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Yes, I do actually enjoy phone calls!
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I agree with everything Ellen's saying in this post:

How the web is changing certain social exchanges

The personal back and forth is what makes it all worthwhile, in my opinion. I even get annoyed at friends who overuse email instead of the phone, because even email is slightly less personal. I love actually seeing and talking to people. I am a social creature. As are many of us. Why do we fight it so?

Maybe I'm a young dinosaur, heh.

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chrryblssmninja From: chrryblssmninja Date: June 3rd, 2009 01:04 am (UTC) (current file)
YOUNG DINOSAURS UNITE
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: June 3rd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC) (current file)
RRRAAAAAARRRR!
worldforawhile From: worldforawhile Date: June 3rd, 2009 01:32 am (UTC) (current file)
Oh, it SO bugs me when people say "I don't like the phone" like that's an okay thing to say. Email is NOT an excuse to retreat into socially awkward behaviors. I know I shouldn't let this bother me so much, but, I mean, come ON! I'm an only child and habitually single, and I love alone time more than most people, but that doesn't mean I can't handle a conversation. I don't want to live in a world of people who don't like to talk to people. Argh, it bugs.
worldforawhile From: worldforawhile Date: June 3rd, 2009 01:33 am (UTC) (current file)
I have felt this way since I was a young whippersnapper (well, late 90s? an old whippersnapper at that point, but not yet a dinosaur) when people from mailing lists (so old I am) would get weird about talking on the phone. It made you weird then, it makes you weird now!
dachelle From: dachelle Date: June 3rd, 2009 03:28 am (UTC) (current file)
I admit, I'm one of those people who can't stand talking on the phone. I took a job after college that required me to speak on the phone a lot, which did force me to learn to cope with doing it in business situations, but I'd still much prefer either dealing with people over e-mail or face to face - I'm most comfortable via text or when I have visual communication cues. Disembodied speech still freaks me out, and if I can avoid making a phone call I will. Luckily my best friend is exactly the same way, and most of my friends live overseas, so we tend to do all our communicating over e-mail/LJ/IM/Twitter anyway.

It's actually kind of funny that this was posted, because I was about to do a last "If you want to see me next week, comment here!" post in my LJ for my U.K. friends. LOL. I have e-mailed some of them directly as well, but since we all met through LJ anyway, it seems like the most appropriate place to make plans.

I haven't used this icon of Peter on the phone in forever. I love getting to use icons I never use.
worldforawhile From: worldforawhile Date: June 3rd, 2009 03:33 am (UTC) (current file)
I love this icon.

I suppose it's different if you do mainly communicate through LJ/Twitter/whathaveyou. In my situation, this was someone I'd known ten years who I'd shared ten hour car rides with and lived like, blocks from me. . .and like, now we communicate via facebook only? But the what?
dachelle From: dachelle Date: June 3rd, 2009 03:43 am (UTC) (current file)
That is odd to suddenly just change like that, and I could see how it would be annoying. In my case, people who know me well usually know about my phone phobia (I've spent an entire afternoon trying to work up the courage to make a doctor's appointment by phone, no lie, and hung up afterward shaking), so it's not like I was calling them all the time and then decided, oooo, Facebook shiny now! and stopped. I was avoiding phone calls before it was fashionable!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: June 3rd, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC) (current file)
Well, it is a little different if you are talking to people you mostly talk to via email, LJ, Twitter, etc. I totally agree. Although if I am actually going to try to get together with someone in particular, even an LJ person, I do email or call. I mean, we did. It just makes sense. :)

Also, I think there's a difference b/w someone who truly has a phone phobia and someone who's just lazy. Like, I have 2 friends (you and another) who really, REALLY don't like phones. And I'm cool with that. But most people aren't like that - they just are lazy or won't spend the time.

Anyway, I liked talking to you on the phone when we did. :)
greyduck From: greyduck Date: June 3rd, 2009 03:15 am (UTC) (current file)
Well, I don't like the phone... but that's a factor of telephone audio quality versus my hearing problems, not because I don't like jabbering for hours minutes on end.

But for the love of all that's good and just, there's no way I'd rely on passive methods to meet up with people I know in a town I'm visiting. Or even to meet up with people I know here in Portland, for that matter. I'm emailing (individually and personally) and calling and whatever it takes. "C'mon, you know you wanna hang out! When can we do this thing?"
worldforawhile From: worldforawhile Date: June 3rd, 2009 03:20 am (UTC) (current file)
In my blind, peevish rage, I was sort of indiscriminate. Not liking meandering phone conversations or not liking talking on a crappy phone (honestly, since I've moved and right now only have crappy cell connections or crappy $9 phone-why-isn't-there-an-outlet-anywhere-near-the-jack connections, I'm not loving phone convos right now, either) aren't what drives me up the wall. I was mostly thinking of people who would rather email me about getting together two hours from now (uh. . .not really checking my email for the urgent messages on a weekend, bro) or refuse to do business with a company if they don't have a CSR email address. (I want my mechanic to know cars, not CSS.) That is Taking It Too Far, I think.
greyduck From: greyduck Date: June 3rd, 2009 03:26 am (UTC) (current file)
Oh, I know what you're getting at, no worries!

Can't talk to the mechanic over the phone? REALLY? Guh. I'm with you 100% on that one. Jezza in my icon? He's talking to the guy who's so tied to email that he can't call the auto repair shop.

Oy.
dachelle From: dachelle Date: June 3rd, 2009 03:30 am (UTC) (current file)
Icon love.
greyduck From: greyduck Date: June 3rd, 2009 03:35 am (UTC) (current file)
Clearly, we are LJers of taste and refinement. *highfives*
dachelle From: dachelle Date: June 3rd, 2009 03:44 am (UTC) (current file)
Indeed. *highfives back*

I am taking a tour of the BBC in a couple of weeks. One of my friends tells me they have Stig keychains in the shop. This may be the thing I'm most looking forward to on my U.K. trip.
addygryff From: addygryff Date: June 4th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC) (current file)
Can I join the young dinosaur club, too, please? I'm not too fond of phones, mainly because I sometimes have problems understanding people if I can't see them, but otherwise I'd take one on one conversations over social networking sites and what not any day, be it in real life or via web-cam.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: June 17th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC) (current file)
Yeah, I'm definitely more of an in-person or phone person. Not that I have any problem with online communication, clearly. But if I had to choose? Real people-time every time, thanks!
kahlan_amnell From: kahlan_amnell Date: June 7th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC) (current file)
Yep, I agree too. Guess I'm another young dinosaur.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: June 17th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC) (current file)
We need a Jurassic Park for all of us to hang out in.
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