We live in a world where texting is one of the top forms of communication. After all, it’s much easier to shoot someone a small message than to call them. Unfortunately, texting isn’t always the best idea. There are times when texting not only doesn’t fit the situation, but can make things more difficult. Here are just a few of the benefits of talking vs texting.
Talking Is More Professional:
It is never professional to use texting in a business situation. For example, you never want to text your client to discuss a sale. People still want to conduct business either through talking over the phone or through email. If you must text a business associate or client, always make sure this is an acceptable form of communication by asking ahead of time.
Texts Can Be Misinterpreted:
Just like email, texts can be misinterpreted by the receiver. Talking allows for you to express feelings, while text can seem cold or can simply be taken the wrong way. In other words, if you have something important to say, or if you’re in a touchy situation, you should always talk to the person rather than using text.
Auto Correct Can Complicate Things:
One of the biggest downsides of texting is that the auto correct feature can greatly alter what you meant to say. This can not only be frustrating, but embarrassing. Because people are in such a hurry to send off a text, they rarely notice that the phone has changed what they typed. This is a problem you’ll never have to face when talking to someone.
Phone Companies Aren’t Always Reliable:
Another problem faced by people who use texting is messages don’t always arrive immediately. For example, you might send a text to your friend telling her to meet you at 4:00, but the phone company has a lag and the message doesn’t arrive until after 4:00. It only takes a minute to pick up the mobile phone and call someone and you’ll know for a fact that they got your message.
Whether you’re communicating with clients or friends, talking is always a much better means of communication. Not only does talking prevent misinterpretation, but it’s more professional. You also don’t have to worry about your words being altered or the message arriving on time. Remember this the next time your thumbs start itching to send the next message. Just ask yourself if a call would be more appropriate.
About the Author: Amy Brantley is a full-time writer who specializes in communications. Her favorite sites include Canada 411, CNET, and any site offering up-to-date information on budding technology trends.
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