Ever since its invention in 1876, the telephone has become a more and more important part of our lives. It brought about a huge shift in interhuman communication, making it quicker, more efficient, and more frequent. In recent years, developments in the telecom field have been hard to keep up with. We keep updating to more modern phones, stronger software, more useful apps and better plan deals.
The world’s first SMS
The most significant landmark in the past 140 years since the invention of the telephone was a certain day in December 1992. In the first week of that month, a 22-year-old Vodaphone software engineer named Neil Papworth sent the world’s first text message. That means this very week the SMS (short message service) celebrates its 22nd anniversary.
However, despite their remarkable weight and size, at that time cell phones weren’t yet equipped to send texts, so the first SMS was sent from a keyboard to a mobile. The message it contained is something we also send to each other these days: “Merry Christmas”.
That first message changed the history of telecommunications and has begun to threaten the supremacy of the old fashioned phone call. However, very many people (us included) still prefer a good call to an SMS. Here are a few reasons why calling is better than texting.
When talking on the phone, you can’t misunderstand or be misunderstood
Calling someone is always more effective than texting them. When you type a message you can’t render the nuances that come with vocal inflections and often there are many meanings contained in those nuances, whether intentional or not.
Sometimes the tone says much more than the words themselves or it can even send contrasting messages. Plus, it’s always easier and faster to give or ask for more explanations if something confuses us during a phone call.
Calling is the best way to share something special or important
Besides showing up in person, of course. ? And if you can’t be there in person, think about how much cheaper calling is. For only $10 you can spend up to a few hours on the phone. Taking the time to make a call shows that you care about the other person, that they’re important to you, and that what you want to communicate is also very important.
Calling is much more personal than texting and is always useful when you need to convey some news to a person, but you’re away from them.
A phone call takes place in real time
Don’t you just hate when you text someone and they only reply to you hours later, keeping you waiting, wondering, and impatient? So do I. People postpone answering texts for several reasons: they’re too busy, don’t want to seem too attached to their phones, or simply don’t hear the short SMS alert.
A phone call is always a fast, efficient solution that you can use for time sensitive issues. Also, when calling, you show the other person that they’re worth your time, they’re not just an object you juggle with in your daily ADD-style activity.
Calling gives you the intimacy of a real conversation
Hearing someone’s voice is always something very special, much more so if you don’t get to see them as often as you’d like. Texting could never make up for hearing a dear one laugh at your joke or noticing the smile in their voice when you call them just because.
Also, the long calls you make on Sunday evening to catch up with your relatives could never be replaced by texting.
It’s in our nature to talk to each other
We are human beings with a need to communicate and with the instinct to talk. Having conversations teaches us many things that texting can’t. It teaches us to think fast, to control our reactions, and to interact with others. Talking also helps us get to know each other as well as ourselves better.
Calling is usually less expensive