With messaging, chatting and social networking becoming more popular, will we see the death of phone calls soon?

Science writer Clive Thompson, in his regular column in Wired, says that phone calls – which are already on a decline, will eventually be used only for deeper sorts of discussions. Other than that, texting, chatting and social networking will take its place, with today’s generation already preferring these mediums to interact with each other. Clive says these are superior modes of communication to a voice call:

These new forms of communication [texting, chatting, and social-network messaging] have exposed the fact that the voice call is badly designed. It deserves to die. Consider: If I suddenly decide I want to dial you up, I have no way of knowing whether you’re busy, and you have no idea why I’m calling. We have to open Schrödinger’s box every time, having a conversation to figure out whether it’s OK to have a conversation. Plus, voice calls are emotionally high-bandwidth, which is why it’s so weirdly exhausting to be interrupted by one.

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