With the same precious nostalgia forming lines at the record store and causing skyrocketed typewriter sales, let’s turn our attention to the telephone. We do absolutely everything with our iPhones; search, type, text, listen, research. But dialing an actual phone number to speak to an actual voice? Rare.
When I started my magazine editorial internship a couple of months ago, the thought of calling every single source for fact-checking confirmation was utterly absurd. With all of the answers supposedly at our fingertips online, we rarely feel the need to pick up the phone and maybe it’s caused this telephone terror among Millennials today.
In a way, growing up with the Internet has allowed us the introvert’s dream; posting things on Facebook and Twitter allows for thoughtful meditation upon word choice and possible reception pre-publication. It allows for users to respond or ignore, to re-share, re-tweet, or delete. Unlike telephone calls, it’s almost impossible to rush responses, which brings this comfortable web world that us journalists can thrive in without leaving our office chairs.
The truth is, every time I pick up the phone I still feel this tiny, sneaking fear inside. But after making tens of phone calls every day, it’s starting to feel more natural as I re-learn the art of phone conversation I abandoned long ago. Although phone calling is not necessarily affective for business building, company branding, and mass social networking, I take pride in proving Baby Boomers wrong in their denial of our calling capabilities.
In calling sources, I’ve also found this freedom from frustrating web searches that seem to cycle deeper and deeper into an online black hole. Although we’ve grown to glorify the incomparable quickness and ease of communication using our computers, don’t forget the lonely cordless perched on your desk. Take a deep breath, dial ten numbers, and greet someone whose voice could save you hours of maddening Google time.