Here’s why I hate the phone. Let’s say I have to ask someone one thing. Or tell them one thing. When doing this over the phone, the shortest amount of time you can hope for is 3 and a half minutes. And that would be someone you see all the time – no catch-up needed. 210 seconds. Sounds like no-big deal, but it adds up so fast. And frankly, most of those “quick” phone calls are more like 15 minutes.
It’s not that I don’t love you. Or that you’re not worth 15 minutes of my time. But if I spent 15 minutes on every person I needed to communicate with every day, I’d NEVER talk to my own kids. Email rocks because I can say what I need to say and type it out in 30 seconds or less. And read a response later on that takes about 15 seconds to read. And say the info to multiple people at the same time. And say it at midnight if I want without disturbing anyone. And midnight is always a better time for me to chat than during the day, FYI.
Not that phone calls don’t have their place. They do. But Dear God, I would be attached to a phone all day if it weren’t for email.