November 10, 2008

Text/ SMS or phone?

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I looked at my phone earlier today and noticed that I had...wait for this...34 text messages.

Since my comfort level's about 8 maximum, I almost started twitching.

I have 34 messages for a number of reasons:

  1. I haven't updated my budget yet (I get a text message every time a transaction goes through on the credit card).
  2. I'm getting sentimental in my old age (I've been going through something and I've kept all the lovely messages from my friends because they make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and some even make me cry)
  3. I hate sending text messages! This is largely due to the fact that I'm slow. In fact, this may be one of the few places in life where I'm v-e-r-y slow. I think other (normal) people could send about 8 - 10 messages in the same time it takes me to compose one. I do use predictive text but I spell properly. U for you, and r for are won't do for me.

So that's why I only text back if it's urgent. And by urgent, I mean it has a deadline attached to it. I'm on my way somewhere and realise I'm going to be late. Or I'm there and want to find out where the other person is. Or my friends need an encouraging message NOW because I sense desperation :)

For non-urgent text messages, I prefer waiting and returning the call when I have time to chat.

What do you prefer? Texting or phoning? And how fast do you text?

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Marcia said...

It then got up to 36 items so I attacked that phone and I'm now down to 11 messages. Yay me!

Janet Barclay said...

Texting is not for me! I'm usually at my computer, so I'd rather email or IM, but I have used it on rare occasions when neither of those options or phoning were practical.

secondofwett said...

I prefer the many things can be misinterpreted thru texting and you don't hear the emphasis on certain words like you do on the's the same w/email...a lot of situations can get misconstrued or ruined in the case of if they're time sensitive.

annie said...

Amanda (oldest daughter) averages about 8000 text messages per month. Yep 8000! I prefer texting, I am fast with my blackberry and it saves time. My phone goes off automatically at night so when it comes on in the morning there are tons of emails and texts, but I just run through them and delete or reply quickly.

How are you? what is this something you are going through?

Marigoldaz said...

I agree with secondofwett. You cannot show any inflection in a text. And to me it is so impersonal. I can text at a pretty good rate (I have a keyboard), but my daughters text freaky fast on a a typical phone. And they prefer text over voice. I just don't get it, lol.

Michelle said...

I prefer text over phone when it'll work. I prefer email over both. Having a written record of the conversation is very helpful, especially when I'm dealing with work projects (design, tech support, etc).

Jenn said...

Ya know I always thought I'd hate texting. But hubby and I just got text messaging on our phones and I'm liking it.

Now I will say - I don't use it as a way to communicate anything in-depth... like sending e-mail length texts.

But - it's nice for when I want to get a quick message to someone and they can't talk. For example, I'll text hubby and ask what time his last customer is. That way - I don't interrupt his work, and he can get back to me when he can.

I like phone or e-mail for any lengthy conversations.

SJA said...

I cannot STAND the phone. I never answer at home--I let the voice mail get it, then respond by email--and when forced to answer it at work, I ask the caller to email the question. I tell them it's so they don't have to wait for me to do the research, but it's really so I can take time to craft the best possible response, and (as Michelle mentioned) so I have record of the conversation.

Beyond that, I've gotten into the mindset of thinking of calling someone as rude. It demands their time right now, and assumes that anything else they might have been working on is less important than what I have to say. Email and text can be dealt with when the time is right. Would you rather have 34 text messages patiently waiting for you to get around to them, or 34 phone calls interrupting your train of thought?

Janelle said...

I'm a phone gal. I never text. If I want to answer the phone I will. If I don't I let it go to voice mail. This gives whoever called an opportunity to decide if it was really important enough for me to need to respond. It also helps that I don't get many calls.

Angel said...


I send text messages a lot!!!

Actually i prefer text messaging over call bcoz i feel that on call one tends to keep the conversation going on. And it also leads to gossip sometimes.

In message, I write clear and concise message that i want to convey and that's it!! I can carry on with my work and not waste much time on it..

jacki janse van rensburg said...

text. hands down!

i agree with michelle, and especially with SJA. i get irritated when the phone keeps interrupting.