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Phone a friend!

Call a loved one today. It’s the next best thing to meeting up with them.

Have you felt the need lately to talk to someone to express gratitude, mend fences or just say hello. When was the last time you spent time listening to someone who gladly gives you a ear no matter what? Have you inquired about the wellbeing of a loved one? Do you miss meeting someone you want to but can’t at this time?

There are times when the need to communicate is strongest, like these days when most of us are confined home with no way to meet physically. If you feel the need to communicate or make conversation, make a phone call.

Use your voice, not your fingers

Unarguably texts and direct messages on social mediums are the quickest, easiest means of communication. Texts can, however, be impersonal. They also run the risk of being read later than intended or ignored altogether – not an option when you need to communicate in the moment.

Texts also can’t reveal how a person is actually feeling because people can and will fake emotions they’re not experiencing. On the other hand, the tone and pitch of a voice on the phone can’t always hide an emotion. Besides, texting is not kind to everyone’s fingers and lacks the flow and and nuances of human speech over the phone. No emoji can describe a contemplative pause, a slip of the tongue, an unintended faux pas or the hilarity of a caustic remark; just a few of the reasons to call instead of using text.

Have a leisurely conversation

Spend as much time as you can, especially if there’s much catching up to do. Either party may not be able to make the time for leisurely conversations once normality returns.

Phone conversations have an inexplicable and endearing way of flowing from once topic to another, just like face-to-face conversations. Enjoy the flow, lose track of time, keep the conversation going.

There’s a curfew on movement, not communication. Talking of which, you might want to consider helping the elderly or homebound cushion the impact of quarantine.

By Romeo Coutinho

Rationalist, truth seeker, full time writer, part time dreamer.

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