"They agreed — talking on the phone is better than watching TV"
But I began to worry: Was I the only person people were talking to on the phone? Were my friends indulging my crippling need, the way you agree to go out and take tequila shots after a friend gets dumped – you don’t really want to, but you’re a good friend and you just sort of have to? Was I forcing them onto the phone?
I surveyed my close phone pals — calling them to do so, of course — to see if they also talk on the phone to others.
Guess what? They do. Like me, my three very close phone pals (none of whom are close friends with one another) talk to their mothers, their significant others and their other friends, at about the same rate I do. They agreed with me about the restorative power of a long phone call about nothing before bed. They agreed — talking on the phone is better than watching TV and easier than meeting up for drinks. Some things, we concurred, just can’t be discussed and properly dissected over email or IM. Sometimes, it’s a weighty topic like a relationship or a family matter that we need to talk about, but other times, we just want to talk about work or tell the story of a funny night out or consider why those two people are still together or debate how many more years so and so will last in New York or ponder why that other person finally moved to LA.
parlor talking phone,