You probably text your friends all the time, or you’re connected to them via WatsApp. Just because you’re a part of multiple WatsApp groups, does that mean you’re staying in touch with all your friends? When was the last time you had a proper conversation with a close friend of yours who lives in another city?
Last week, I called a really close friend of mine, who doesn’t stay in the city. I occasionally chat with her via text messages, and we’re on a couple of common WatsApp groups. But, it was a completely different experience to actually talk to her. I wasn’t aware of what was really going on in her life, and she wasn’t aware of a lot of changes in my life either. So, what is more important to you? A 15-20 minute phone conversation with a friend or a series of texts which look something like this:
You: Hey, what’s up?
Friend: Nothing much, what’s up with you?
You: Same old, work is too hectic.
Friend: Yeah, same here. I have no time.
You: I know! We should go on a holiday.
Friend: Yes please! Let’s plan.
You: Yeah, for sure. Next long weekend.
Friend: 100% we’re going.
You: I’ll call you this weekend to plan.
Friend: Sure, talk soon.
So, is it better to have the above conversation with your friend four times a month (and feel that you are staying in touch) or just to call her (even if it’s once a month), and actually be in touch? You tell me.