Forms of communication come in all types of technology. There are computers, cell phones, landlines, “telephones” made of tin cans and twine, and, of course, actual face-to-face talking. While each method holds its own unique traits, they all allow us to talk, listen, and create conversations. But as gadgets continue to advance, these virtual interactions are widening their span, and have become easily accessible by users of all ages and locations. For instance, any computer, connected wireless device, or iPod touch with WiFi can send text messages. Once an act left to cell phones only, texts are growing in frequency and sendability.
Now that a large percentage of emails are sent and read via smartphone, virtually any length of information can be sent. But it’s not just text-based messages that technology is working to advance – it’s voice-based ones as well. Whether the voicemail, the voice memo, or walkie-talkie apps, which allow users to send and store spoken blurbs, our voices are taking on as many locations as our text.
How many of us actually use these voice memos? Despite coming standard on the iPhone, as well as various other smartphones, few users even know this technology exists, let along implement it on a regular basis.
For many techies, emails and text messages are the preferred method of getting in touch. Sure, we still need to “talk” with others, but that doesn’t mean we actually need to speak. Through an ever-growing intricacy of abbreviations, acronyms, and shortened terms, users are able to convey more information with fewer characters.
But sometimes – let’s face it – talking just makes things easier. Consider the difference between reading an intricate list of instructions and having someone explain them – which is preferred? Spoken works provide pause, emphasis, and other transitions that can’t always be expressed without sound. And it’s easy; phone owners simply hit “send,” and the microphone-clad button transfers specific, sound instructions to the chosen device. All without having to talk on the phone.
Another perk is the recordings are kept on file until a user actually deletes them; voice memos can be kept on hand as long as they’re needed. With abilities like these, who says we’re becoming disconnected? Users can hear the sound of one another’s voice on command.
But no matter a person’s preference, both mediums continue to hold value. Whether we type, record, or text our information, the world is staying more connected than ever.