I want to clarify my previous post, particularly to my out-of-town friends.
I greatly enjoy our phone conversations. When someone calls me and I hear a voice from long-ago, I get a huge smile on my face and it brightens my day and breaks up my monotony. I enjoy talking on the phone and reconnecting that way.
The reason why I prefer email is because I can fully concentrate 100% on what I am writing in an email, and as much as I try to concentrate 100% on what is being said on the phone, usually I am at less than 100%. And I like to give my friends the 100% attention you all deserve.
So I don't hate the phone. I enjoy it. But I feel bad short-shrifting you, knowing that I am not fully listening as well as I should be. That is a failing of mine. And please know that an email from me, even a short one, is 100% dedicated to you. So I want to be clear that I do not want to cut off phone calls. I just wanted to clarify my position about how I feel that technology can enable friendships, or let them dither away.
And please call and put a smile on my face.