A telephonic invasion. I’m planning my escape…

Little (maybe) known fact about me: I don’t want to be glued to my phone. Until recently, the only sound I had set up on it was for a phone call. (I just turned on a sound for emails and twitter DMs, but only because I’m job searching). I am not a texter. Ever since I switched to an Android from a Blackberry, I don’t do much on my phone that requires typing. I’m terrible at typing on a touch screen, and it’s important to me to still use grammar and punctuation (which, on an Android, requires going to a weird different screen, and takes forever). I miss typing on a Blackberry, but the internet on my old phone was awful.

I’m not a texter. And, with a few exceptions, I don’t really care for talking on the phone all that much either (and I’m kind of weird about email, but I really do like it). But somehow, this month, my cell phone is about to go over in both minutes and texts. I have the MINIMUM plan allowed for smartphones- 450 minutes (excluding other Verizon customers, and evening, and weekend hours) and 250 texts a month. I’ve NEVER gotten anywhere close to going over those. I have an unlimited data plan, because the things I do like using my phone for are checking email when I’m not at home, Twitter, and Foursquare (which I mostly use as a GPS when I’m walking around the city…).

I don’t like having conversations via text message. Texting should be for short, quick communications when other options don’t make more sense. There are SO MANY other ways- that don’t change the cost of my cell phone bill- to contact me. And I’ll still receive the messages in the EXACT SAME WAY I would receive a text.

So here are my communication preferences:

  1. If it’s really urgent/timely: Call me.
  2. If you call me, and I don’t answer (which is likely, because my phone’s usually on silent, and I’m not going to hear my phone if I’m at ballet or a movie, which is fairly frequently), or if it’s during the day and you don’t use Verizon, there are lots of other ways to get in touch with me:
  • Email
  • Gchat (which I can access on my computer or phone, in an amazingly seamless way)
  • Skype
  • Twitter (DM or @reply)
  • Facebook message (although I really dislike these- just email me)
  • Comment on my blog (which will just send me an email-but I like comments!)
  • Send me snail me. That might be fun, and I have a lot of cute stationery and NY postcards.
  • Show up at my apartment (probably won’t work for most people in my life, but it’s an option I guess…)

Caveat: If you’re calling to offer me a job, that’s perfectly okay. Just don’t text me about it.

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3 Responses to A telephonic invasion. I’m planning my escape…

  1. Marianne says:

    Nice Blog!
    I wish there was a format to know everyone’s communication preferences. I still think snail mail is wonderful. No matter how “techy” the world gets, there is something special about getting a handwritten letter in the mail. Like love with an explanation mark. At this point in my life, I wonder if cell phones are a good thing or not. Not sure if Instant communication is really needed. I think about it a lot and really miss “quieter times” when people could drive a car without talking/texting on the phone.

  2. Seashell says:

    I have a love/hate relationship with my phone. I also hate talking on the phone, and I don’t text much. I mainly use my Droid for reading eBooks on the bus. Unfortunately, in today’s world, a phone is a necessity.

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