I thought I was just unpopular. Turns out, I’m normal.
According to this NYTimes.com article, most people have forsaken the use of their phones for voice calls:
In the last five years, full-fledged adults have seemingly given up the telephone — land line, mobile, voice mail and all. According to Nielsen Media, even on cellphones, voice spending has been trending downward, with text spending expected to surpass it within three years.
I’m actually pretty glad this is catching on. I hate using my phone for voice calls. Unless I’m standing in the aisle of a grocery store staring at two different kinds of laundry detergent, and I would like the input of other members of my household, I’m not going to call you. And unless you’re blood-related to me or you’ve prefaced your phone call to me with a text that says “EMERGENCY” — in all caps — I am not very likely to answer your call either. (I’m not that terrible of a person — I’ll probably call or text you back later.) Today was the first time in weeks that I’ve even opened up my list of Recent Calls on my phone. I have 2 voicemails that I haven’t listened to from last Tuesday, and the last phone call I made was on Saturday… and it was to the dentist’s office. If I could text or email them to make an appointment, you bet I’d have done that instead.
I’d always thought this meant I was a horrible friend or some kind of anti-social hermit. But now, so is everybody else. Hooray!