The Lost Voice of today's communicationsThis is an appeal to people not to lose touch with verbal communication. It is so very easy to send a quick "Hi" or a good morning message on WhatsApp. It has made one stop picking up the phone to call a friend. It is all very well to send a written message plastered with cute emojis. But where is the real warmth in it?
That warmth is in the voice alone. When you say a cheerful "Hi! How are you" on the phone, it conveys a wonderful feeling to the recipient. It starts off the conversation, with a lot of interesting happenings and experiences being exchanged, a few giggles & laughs to convey enjoyment. When there is something sad, it gets conveyed in the voice too and you share a tear with a friend who lost a loved one. The smile or the lump in the throat - it somehow reverberates down the telecom wires and you do feel it.
Agreed, you may not be able to call up somebody long distance regularly and hence WhatsApp is a boon. But how about people in your own city? A friend, a lonely aunt, even parents who don't stay with you. Make them feel happy just to hear your voice. Call up, say, your mother, and say "I love you. Just want to chat."
Next time when you laugh out loud on reading a joke on WhatsApp, instead of sending LOL to acknowledge your enjoyment, why not call up the person and share the true enjoyment of it?
Next time when your friend feels low and sends a drooping smiley, instead of countering it with a "Cheer up" message & a smiling emoji, do call up and chat.
Let your voice speak up your emotions, not emojis.