I’ve been on this earth for 25 years, quarter century, a crack dealers jail sentence. I’m a tweener between 90s baby and millennial and usually bounce sides. For example, I think Jordan is the greatest player ever but can admit Kobe/LeBron do some things better. I went my entire high school education without a cell phone, but been on some form of social media since 17. I said all that to say this, where I’m really split between 90s baby and millennial is that I hate talking on the muhfuggin phone. I was that teen on the phone all night talking about nothing but our first world problems and adult feelings we aint know nothing about, but these days I’m over it. Let’s go to lunch, video chat, hell write me a letter, but why do some women seem so insistent on talking on the phone? By some its usually women older than I am or have some Steve Harveyism that a man who doesn’t call got a wife or doesn’t like you.
Perhaps its the introvert in me that cringes every time my phone rings. A ringtone is never not intrusive, whether I’m at work, actually using my phone, or just sitting alone in four cornered room staring at candles. Other people’s phones annoy me, especially in public when I hear the sh t and apparently they can’t. The convenience of a cell phone is its downfall, at least back in the day, I left and the phone stayed there, something about always having access to me, not a big fan.
There’s exceptions to the rule like if one of us has a question that needs an immediate answer, I’m mad and need to yell at you, you have a great story or one of us is driving, or you’re just that incredibly awesome we can talk for hours and its effortless. Two people. Two people can probably make that claim. Otherwise, its a chore and what makes it more of a chore is trying to hide the annoyance in my voice. Bluntly put, our daily lives are not that interesting. Even in an era of social media/blogging, even this blog I put it out there, people read or don’t, talking on the phone you’re forcing them to listen, care, respond. Texts you can respond at your own convenience, in person theres almost always something else going on (TV, food, activities, people watching).
Maybe I’m being too hard on phone calls, people bore via text and real life. I think we communicate too much sometimes, that 2 hour phone conversation would’ve been better had we just got up. If all I did today was talk to you, what’s there to talk about tonight? Admittedly romance is lost when I’m just words on a screen, but so is hearing your voice and not seeing your face. Phone calls are just as impersonal, even if you’re getting more attention than a text its still only part of them. A text is a snack, a call is an appetizer, face to face is the meal, you don’t want to feel up on either but if you’re that hungry why not go for the snack until the meal comes? That makes sense right?