At the Tone, Leave a What?

by Christopher Paul on June 25, 2014

These days. Millenials tend to avoid voicemail as a method of communication.:

In a memorable scene from the 1996 comedy “Swingers,” Jon Favreau’s romantically inept protagonist, Mike, deluges the answering machine of a woman he’s just met at a bar with a spate of excruciatingly self-sabotaging messages.

If the movie were remade today, Mike would have to find another outlet for his miscues. The concept of leaving (and checking) voice mail is, to millennials, as obsolete as swing-dancing and playing NHL ’94 on Sega Genesis. That red number on their iPhones announcing how many voice mail messages are waiting? Ignored. The recording? Instantly deleted. Mike’s oral-to-aural disaster? Averted.

I have to say, voicemails are one of my most hated forms of communication. Sure, they can be useful but only as a last resort when email and txt hasn't accomplished the job. Voicemail seems so unidirectional and can add reciprocating feedback if needed. Emails, txts, tweets, etc can be one to one, one to many, but with an immediate and opposite response.

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