We’ve made a final shocking discovery. The reason we text isn’t because it’s less intrusive – it’s because we’re lazy. While convenience and time are among the top reasons why people text rather than call, a staggering 33% of people say they turn to SMS because they simply can’t be bothered to chat!
“When it comes to friends I usually text first and then if I really need an answer I will probably call them.”
There are always situations when texting is easier: trying to organise a party, for instance, it’s much easier to send a group text to all your mates than ring everyone; when you’re in a meeting; if you’re in a club and you can’t hear a word. However, sometimes we just want to avoid having to speak. In fact, the number of people who use texts to avoid having to talk is twice the number of people who believe they have been sent a text because the sender doesn’t like talking to them.
With this revelation in mind, we headed to the streets of London to see whether people preferred to text or call.
Patrick Owen, 44, who works for a media agency and lives in Wimbledon, says, “If I’m planning to meet up with friends on the weekend, say, I do both. I will text first in the morning and then when I know they are awake or have responded I will follow up with a call.”
Michelle Mason, 43, a designer from Hackney, plays it differently depending on whether it’s friends or family. “When it comes to friends I usually text first and then if I really need an answer I will probably call them. With family though, I will probably call them in the first place.”
Let us know: Do you prefer to text rather than call? Do you always prefer to talk, and if so, why? Tell all in the comments section below.
Find out more about our Mobile Manners Survey 2012 resultsat blog.vodafone.co.uk/mobilemanners