The Phone Call Is Dead... almost

Times they are a changin'... 
I don't have a home phone anymore. I have my iPhone, Google Voice, Skype and recently bought a Magic Jack.  All work great and I just send everything through my Google Voice to screen and direct incoming calls.  I text and communicate via Twitter, LinkedIn and even HeyTell.   

The phone may not be dead quite yet but it certainly is experiencing entropy.  I have definitely changed the ways I communicate over the past few years and so have you. Email is next to go... Skype me when it's over.   

The Phone Call Is Dead

By Alexia Tsotsis

OUT OF ORDER payphonephoto © 2008 mike | more info(via: Wylio)In the tech industry saying that something is dead actually means “It’s on the decline.” And yes, the phone call is on an inexorable decline.

My original title for this post was “The Phone Call Will Be Dead In __ Years” but as consumer inertia is somehow still keeping our parent company Aol in the dialup business,  I thought it might be prudent not to include an ETA on the death of the call.

Less obsolete but more annoying than a handwritten letter, the phone call is fading as a mode of communication even if the nostalgic will be singing its praises for awhile. We reached a breaking point in 2008 when text messaging topped mobile phone calling in usage, and we’ve been living in a world dominated by text based communication ever since (Thanks Twitter).

If old media has taught us anything, it’s that it takes most industries at least a generation to be completely disrupted, especially something as powerful as Big Telco.

But we are definitely on our way there. According to Nielsen data, voice usage has been dropping in every age group except for those past the of age of 54. Text is just easier.

Now, 78 percent of teens recognize the functionality and convenience of SMS, considering it easier (22 percent) and faster (20 percent) than voice calls (though still fun). Voice activity has decreased 14 percent among teens, who average 646 minutes talking on the phone per month.”

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