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Someone shared a tweet by John Mayer:

“I don’t wanna talk on the phone but I’ll trade voice notes with you for 90 minutes.”

I thought it was pretty funny. I know I catch myself sending tons of texts or voice notes before realizing I could have saved time by calling.

Obviously, the biggest reason for the rise in popularity of audio clips is asynchronous communication: people want everything (including conversations) on their own time.

But more interestingly, I think people also want to be heard. When you send a voice memo (as opposed to making a phone call), it forces the other person to actually listen to your message. They can’t interrupt a recording.

Most people aren’t listeners, they’re wait-to-talkers.

This begs the question: Why is it that we are such poor listeners even though we all so desperately want to be heard?

There may be something to slowing down the communication method and forcing each party to actually listen to each other.

  • The one thing you need to do if you want someone to understand you.
  • How to really hear people instead of just waiting to talk.
  • How to seem more interesting to other people.
  • How to know you’ve communicated effectively.
  • Why you need to always take responsibility for communicating your message.

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