Make That Call January 3, 2019Uncategorizedadmin How many of us feel somewhat apprehensive if our phone rings? It may be that it happens so infrequently that we are shocked and put off answering it, then later text the caller to ask what they wanted! Failing that, we may suspect that it’s either a nuisance or sales call. All our friends text us these days, surely! Then there is the anxiety we might feel over the reason for the call; is it an urgent issue, is someone sick? Recent figures released by Ofcam show that the number of cellular voice calls made in 2017 dropped by 1.7% in the united kingdom, the first time the number of cellular call made has ever fallen. Texting is great but it has its limitations and there is a private, human link from a telephone call that can not be made when using text. Are there times when you’ve wondered about the tone of a text message? Even a simple’thank you’ could be misconstrued and translated in several ways, from amusing to appreciative, with a great deal of nuances in-between. Equally, someone texting they’re fine may be a cover-up to avoid displaying vulnerability as to how they’re truly feeling. A text might be their way of keeping hold of their emotions, yet it functions only to distance them from true support. Yes, texts are effective as they may be transmitted at any time, enabling us to tick still another item off the to do list, but they could also be evasive. A lot of time I’ve felt annoyed when somebody has repeatedly ignored replying to part of a question and finally I’ve ended up phoning them in order to get some straight answers. Texts can place a distance between us and our friends. We learn to protect our more personal side and issue edited highlights, so handling the information we release about ourselves. Social media is in part responsible for this as so many of the pictures we frequently see are of stunning people posing in gorgeous outfits, looking perfect at stunning venues. No one sees the post-selfie pictures where everybody flops back down again, letting normality resume once they’d updated their newsfeed. Phoning someone for a chat provides a real chance to connect, to discuss what is going on, exchange ideas and get to know each other better. Previously unplanned invitations may occur as a consequence, like indicating meeting for a coffee, or linking with different arrangements, things that may not have been considered in a straight text exchange. Some people think that phone calls are only for older people, but young people, possibly away from home for the first time, finding their feet at university or in a new job, can be incredibly lonely for the first few months or weeks whilst they are settling into a new location. Talking to somebody who understands you, perhaps about trivia, can be a terrific source of comfort. Feeling connected to everything you know and love, even for a few brief minutes can make such a difference to feeling that you’re okay and that things will turn out fine. Set aside time to reconnect with your genuine human relationships. Make a brew, pull a comfortable chair and talk, really chat with that friend or relative you’ve not spoken to in so long.