I Hate Talking On The Phone—Text Me Or Don’t Get In Touch At All

If I can’t talk to someone face-to-face then texting is the next best thing. Honestly, I think I’d rather not talk to someone at all than speak to them on the phone. I don’t know why I hate talking on the phone so much but I do and I avoid it at all costs.

  1. There are no awkward silences. I can’t have a phone call without at least a few awkward pauses. Eventually, I’m going to run out of things to say and then we’ll be left with an uncomfortable silence that stretches on until one of us says goodbye. I can avoid all of this by texting that person. If I don’t have anything to say, I can put the phone down and reply later when I can think of something. It makes more sense.
  2. I can think carefully about my response. Sometimes I say things and they definitely come out wrong. There’s something about talking on the phone that makes me say the stupidest things that I don’t have any control over. It’s probably because I’m just trying to fill the silence. When I’m texting, I can reread my message and if I think it sounds bad, I can just type out something else.
  3. It’s easier to make plans. If there’s one thing I really hate, it’s making plans when I’m talking to someone on the phone. I don’t have the best memory (that’s a huge understatement) so chances are, I’m not going to remember the details. Honestly, I hate checking in with anyone about our plans because it makes it look like I’ve either completely forgotten or that I don’t really care, which is usually not the case. If they text me the details, I’ve got it on my phone as a reminder. Thank God!
  4. I get too easily distracted talking on the phone. It sounds bad but sometimes I zone out completely when someone is talking to me, which happens a lot when I’m on the phone. If I’m texting someone, I can eat pizza, cry about work, and watch TV at the same time and they’ll never know unless I tell them. It makes my life a whole lot easier.
  5. I can tell a lot about someone from their texting style. I can usually decide how I feel about someone by texting them. If they don’t use emojis then I’ll assume that they’re either boring or not very good with technology, which can actually determine if we become friends or not.
  6. Texting seems more relaxed. I know I can’t be the only one who gets really nervous when they’re waiting for a phone call, even if it’s just from a friend or family member. Texting is more casual and I don’t have to worry about stumbling over my words. In my opinion, there’s nothing you can’t say over text that you could say while talking on the phone.
  7. I don’t always have time for long phone calls. Even though I work from home, it doesn’t mean I have time to take phone calls whenever I want to. If it’s urgent, I have no problem accepting a call, but if it’s just a catch up then it can wait until I’m not busy. It’s more convenient to text as I can quickly send a reply, put my phone down, and talk to them later when I’ve finished working. Chances are, they’re really busy too so it works out better for both of us if we text.
  8. I like re-reading conversations. I don’t always remember what people tell me over the phone but with texting, I have visual proof of messages that have been sent to me. I like looking back on chats that I’ve had and reliving that moment—it makes it more special.
  9. I hate talking on the phone more than anything. I get nervous about phoning the doctors or the dentist for an appointment, so it usually gets put off for longer than necessary. In fact, I’ve been in a relationship for 5 months and not once have I ever called my boyfriend. Luckily, he hates phone calls too so we’re both in the same boat.
  10. Emojis say it better. As someone who uses emojis a lot, I feel quite lost without them. Calling someone makes me feel nervous because I know I haven’t got any emojis to fall back on. I don’t know how I ever coped without the laughing emoji.
  11. I can end the conversation whenever I feel like it. There’s no pressure with texting. I can end the conversation if I’m too busy and carry it on at another time without offending that person. Why would I ever choose to call someone when I have an easier option? Texting always wins.
Coralle is a freelance writer with an interest in relationships, women's health and parenting. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching new Netflix shows and spending time with family.