Millennials have been “blessed” with being born into a generation that has technology and convenience at their fingertips. We do not have to leave a day at the end of finishing our papers, so that we can make sure we have enough time to type our final version out on a type writer. We have the gift of information at our fingertips. Wherever we are we are able to pull out our smartphones and google something. Our generation also has the luxury of communicating through text messages, emails, group messaging applications and many other newer mediums.
Now, with so many modes of communication, our generation often forgets the importance of a good old-fashioned phone call. I often hear someone refuse to pick up the phone to call someone, and would rather send an email or text message instead. This has led to many people not even feeling comfortable speaking to someone over the phone. I have been guilty of some of this as well. I often think that instead of leaving a voice message when someone does not pick up his or her phone, I should just send a text message. There is absolutely a time and place for an email and text message, but speaking on the phone deserves a place in our society.
I believe that everyone should try to use the phone more often. A phone call provides a quick way to stay in touch with someone. I often think of people randomly throughout the day, including friends, family members and former colleagues. I would challenge people to try to pick up the phone at least once a day and make a phone call to a person that they think of throughout the day. Developing relationships with people is an extremely important part of life. However, once relationships are created they need to be cared for. The occasional phone call that lasts a minute or two can be an important part of staying in touch with someone. This only takes a few minutes out of the day and can make a difference in a person’s life. I’m not saying that a phone call each day is going to change a person’s life, but that picking up the phone more often has the potential to benefit people’s lives.