Posted by: Ally Benoliel, Marketing Manager
Yes, I realize I live among a generation that prefers to text absolutely everything. But deep down inside, there’s still a part of me that prefers voice. I prefer listening to my friends’ stories, hearing my little nephews laugh, and, yes, at the risk of sounding totally cliché, I also enjoy the sound of birds in the morning.
Don’t get me wrong, I do understand the importance of the written word, and, at times, I’d rather drop someone a line than have to play phone tag with them. But even so, I realize this is a form of communication that is slowly dying. So, I’d like to take the opportunity to talk about what I love about voice.
It’s All about Your Tone of Voice
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve laughed at a story, or even just found it more interesting because of the tone it was told in. Certain accents, nuances and even someone laughing in the middle of telling a story just because they had to relive it again, made the story that much funnier.
I don’t want to give up on those moments, do you?
Emotions, Emotions, Emotions
Some emotions just can’t be conveyed via text. So many misunderstandings have occurred due to the fact that the tone of emotion in the text was not clear or understood correctly.
How many of you have fought with your parents, friends, boyfriends or girlfriends all because of a misunderstanding of the tone in the text? I, for one, can vouch for the fact that I couldn’t get my angry message or even extremely excited one across via text. Yes, I’m aware of capitals and how they CAN BE USED TO EXPRESS HOW URGENT OR IMPORTANT something is. But still, no amount of capitals or exclamation marks will get your message across 100%!!!!!!!
Oh, the Pain.
Some of you may roll your eyes at this one, but I swear that a friend of mine back in high school had to walk around with a cast on her thumb for 2 weeks after overusing it while texting. Sometimes, when deeply engaged in a textual conversation, we don’t realize how much time we’re spending looking at our screen and typing away. It can cause physical exhaustion both on our eyes and fingers. Let’s try and avoid the embarrassing situation in which we’d have to explain that this cast isn’t because a door slammed on our finger, or maybe from falling – but actually because of over-texting!
There’s no denying the fact then when talking on the phone, you get more done than when texting. This is especially true when it comes to driving. Besides the fact that it’s illegal and totally unsafe to text while driving – when talking on the phone, you can focus on more than when texting. When texting, your full attention is directed at your screen.
As I said before, there are times and situations in which a quick text is all you need. But overall, when it comes to choosing my communication method of choice – I still believe there is high value in voice.
With social media leading almost all communication today, HearMeOut has combined voice and social networks in one. You can now record your opinion, a funny story, show off your awesome voice or anything you can think of, and share it all by using HearMeOut. Of course, you can also share your recording on Facebook and Twitter as well.