When was the last time you called someone just to hear their voice?
Laughed out loud even though you’re used to smiling silently when you type ‘hahaha’?
Were able to effortlessly establish communication against false assumptions and half expressions?
I thought about these things when something reminded me of a good friend lately. I was glad that I told her how much I missed her through a phone call rather than a WhatsApp message. It was a conversation filled with bare tonality, emphasis, and jokes that we both understood, and laughter that we both heard, and so delightful as if we were talking to each other face-to-face.
Of course as someone who at the age of eight told her grandmother “write to me instead of calling me, because phone calls can’t become memories but letters can always be kept,” I won’t demean the literary world. But I’m also not going to bequeath the unique essence of letter writing to the aforementioned and mass-produced written world!
I believe that our preference for using smartphone written correspondence has not made our relationships richer, but instead pushed them into a monotonous digital world. Even though well-thought-out sentences and unique expressions do present an exception, the world of the ubiquitous emoji is indeed a bleak one.
How about not expressing our love with smiley faces that shoot out hearts, our admiration with a giant thumb, and our excitement with little dancing girls, but with our words? I have no doubt that we’ll do a much better job.
Applause, applause, heart.