Have you noticed that more and more of your friends are not calling you anymore? And that instead they are texting? Yes, even those 50-plus have fallen into the texting trap.
First it started with your kids, and now it has spread to your contemporaries. Texting has now become the preferred communications tool. I’ve sometimes thought that some of my friends text because they just want to look cool.
Then I received a text from my 83-year-old, very successful client, who doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. I asked him why he sent a text rather than call me, and he was blunt: “I said what I had to say, and I didn’t want to spend anymore time on the topic.”
I almost laughed in his face. I couldn’t believe my ears. This wasn’t a kid speaking. And he was dead serious. In the age of the Internet, he was telling me, every minute counts. While he would have loved schmoozing with me, he just didn’t have the time. The Internet has doubled the work and doubled the opportunity for everyone.
People don’t want to pass the time of day on the phone. They want short, precise communications. They want to get in and get out. It’s kind of insulting, but it’s the way of the world. If you have a better explanation let me know.
Be sure to watch the above video. A very strange dude spells it out for us.