The missed call is the new voicemail. Plain and simple. I feel like unless you're a doctor's office or some sort of business confirming an appointment, there's really no need to leave a message. Nobody checks them anymore. Do they? I mean, if someone I talk to often ever leaves me a voicemail, I typically just call them back before checking it. I guess it's kind of lazy, but I don't know, it seems kind of counterproductive to leave a message that just says "hey, call me back" when a missed call can do the same thing. And if it's an emergency, the best means to get in touch with someone is probably text, right? If I call someone I haven't spoken to in a while and they don't answer, yeah, I'll leave a voicemail. But if I'm just calling to tell my husband I'm on my way home, and he doesn't answer, no message from me. That's just how I roll.
And, if you'd like, you can roll that way, too. Here are 7 reasons you shouldn't leave a voicemail.
1. Nobody checks them. Seriously, you're probably just wasting air by doing so. Save it for something better. Like singing along to Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop."
2. When the person calls you back, they're going to ask why you called, because again, see number 1.
3. You'll get a quicker response if you send a text message. If you just want to chat, that's one thing. But if you want an answer to a question, the most direct line of communication seems to be the text message.
4. If you have nothing specifically to say, your risk of leaving a long voicemail is high. "Hey, I was just calling to see what you were up to later. Not sure what I'm doing. I was going to maybe see Jeff, but I don't know. If you want to maybe go get something to eat or whatever. Oh my god, a man almost ran me over! Wow. Okay, let me know ..." This could go on forever. When you have nothing really important to say, you ramble. You know how it goes.
5. Your risk of killing someone from boredom is high. See number 4.
6. You might wind up saying something you regret. Which, technically speaking, could happen any time you talk. It's just math.
7. Society has collectively become more impatient than an 18-month-old waiting for you to put together her new toy. Do you really think they're going to listen to a whole voicemail?
Do you leave voicemails?
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