‘Most millennials I know would rather get off with Nigel Farage for an hour than pick up or make a phone call. We’ve grown up with so many methods of communication – from MSN Messenger to Instagram DMs – that we naturally gravitate towards the least intrusive means of contact. Our thoughts are carefully composed, edited, screenshotted to a friend and edited again; an unexpected phone call is akin to your mum bursting into your room while you’re stark naked, doing something questionable.’
Don’t Text Me – I’m Only Using Voice Notes Now- Juliana Piskorz. Refinery29
My heart chipped a little today. Thinking I would surprise my son with an impromptu call, mortified to have it declined. Doesn’t do well with chatting to his mother, voice to voice it seems. Voice note, a text message and that’s about it, when we are far apart. So I started wondering: is it just the way it works today, and how do I, as a mature woman feel about it? Why am I so quick to seek rejection in things I tend to compare to ‘back in our day’ and when am I going to realise that. rather than comparing and feeling I’m being left behind, get into the new way of communicating?
Then I read the article above. There are many more, but sometimes we have to do a little research to take cognisance of what is really going on. So at risk of just looking back when we get to this age. Everything is memory bound, habit bound, fearful bound sometimes, and so very much resolved to still be the primary educator, judge and guidance in our children’s lives that when we do finally realise that they are now smarter and have lives of their own, we falter, fold and feel so sorry for ourselves. It puts us in a place we are unfamiliar with.
That feeling and all those anxieties are for another time. I would rather not spend an hour with Nigel Farage, but I need to get over the idea that phoning someone who does not relate, is not a personal affront.
Despite what many younger people think, we are still able to explore, and occupy new forms of social media, it may just take a little longer, and just when we get it, there are more apps and characteristics to master – and we shall. In fact, it’s exhilarating to think of the possibilities.
There are also some I don’t care a jot for. Love looking at the reels on Instagram, loads of giggles and after a while the boredom of desperate people in squeaky voices, who must have spent hours getting the reel together is no a burning desire in my daily life.
There is a certain vanity at stake here. For individuals who cannot bear the thought of intimate conversations with another, surprisingly have no problem with filming themselves. The love of self on film is one thing, but it still brings no confidence when in the same room. Interesting not so? You would have a million followers, a few hundred stalkers and a smattering of really damaged people who stare at you, yet you cannot deal with a simple conversation, face to face or voice to voice?
The first few voice notes had me at: ‘ what is the matter with you? I know you are online so just pick up the phone and tell me directly what I now have to listen to.’ Voicemail proceeds voicemail trying to establish a meeting, decorate a room, organise a flight, or Christmas, when all could have been settled by just speaking to one another. In half the time.
I get it now. Going to forget about how I sounded when we used to tape each other back in the day and my voice, totally unrecognisable, and have some fun.
I was furious at my father for saying Leo Sayer looked like he was dancing with a wooden leg. The Millenials prefer voice notes. Just laugh. Imagine how mastering all these new social tools will help you in business, in your journey forward, and your relationship with those, who are smarter than you now.
Or are they …