Yes, that might seem crazy if you’re one of those people who would rather die than answer the phone, but with the way technology is trending, it looks like we might be headed toward more verbal forms of communication.
Wired’s Elizabeth Stinson talked to Your Morning about the current trend towards more audio-visual communication. She hypothesizes that all these non-textual technological interactions mean we’ll be spending less time texting each other and more time talking in the future.
“I think we’re going to grow to be more comfortable using our voices, especially when you consider we have Siri and Alexa and Google home. People are being retrained to feel okay about speaking out loud,” Stinson posits, “If you look at the way we communicate now, you look at Snapchat, you look at Facebook, you look at Instagram, they’re really making a big push towards video.”
This is particularly interesting considering that the past few decades–with email, texting and social media–have trended towards text over audio. Now it looks like the isolation of just staring at words on a screen is kind of getting to us.
The emotional aspect of the video or phone call is one major factor that could be contributing to our shift away from text and back to audio. Studies show increasingly that people who communicate mostly through their phones via text tend to feel less connected to the people with whom they are communicating.
Face to face or video call interactions create a more intimate connection and allow people to have fuller conversations. There is less room for misunderstanding when you can see the other person and hear their voice.
Does this mean a return to the phone call? Stinson says probably not in the traditional sense, but she definitely sees a future where we are more comfortable speaking and communicating through audio-visual mediums.
Maybe after all this “digital age” texting, we all just want a little face to face connection.