No, no, no David. I’m sure there’s much to be said for actual interaction. But I don’t think I’m the only one who yearns to be 6 years old so I can retreat under the table when the conversation flags. Phone calls can be lovely. But sometimes you don’t want a chat. No waffling about the holiday. No awkward pauses. No watching dinner congeal while your mum talks you through the kitchen regrouting.
For this reason, the economy and simplicity of a nice crisp text gets my vote every time. The humble text message gets a bad press, but there’s a craftsmanship there that no amount of telephonic banalities can match. And don’t give me that stuff about texting and illiteracy either. According to a survey by Which?, the average mobile phone user sends the textual equivalent of War and Peace every five years. Okay, the content might be slightly er – ‘lighter’, but hey, it’s good to text :-)