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Why you're receiving more and more (and longer) voicemails

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Since their introduction by Apple in 2014, voice messages have invaded our smartphones. Their use has become democratized at lightning speed, in particular thanks to their integration into social networks and dating applications. On Hinge, for example, sending a voice message would increase the chances of getting an appointment by 40%.

However, this growing popularity is not unanimous. While some users now swear by voice messages, others consider them to be a real nuisance. Social networks are full of testimonials from users exasperated by the excessive length of certain messages, which can sometimes last several minutes.

Voice messages: a newfound intimacy ?

Fans of voice messages highlight many advantages. First of all, they allow more authentic and spontaneous communication than texting.The voice, a vector of emotions, allows us to transmit nuances that writing cannot capture. In addition, voice messages offer an interesting alternative to telephone calls, which are often perceived as intrusive. They allow you to express yourself freely, without the pressure of a real-time conversation.

For Lauren McQuistin, singer and influencer, voice messages are a tool of emancipation for women, explains the media Slate . They allow them to express themselves at length, without being interrupted, unlike what can happen during telephone or face-to-face conversations.

A source of frustration?

Despite these advantages, voice messages are far from unanimously accepted. Their main drawback lies in their length. Listening to a voice message lasting several minutes can be tedious, especially in a noisy environment or when you are in a hurry. Additionally, the inability to quickly scan through the contents of a voice message, as you would with text, can be frustrating.

Finally, voice messages can be perceived as an intrusion into personal space. Unlike a text message, which you can read at your own pace, a voice message imposes its tempo and duration.

The perception of voice messages also varies depending on age and culture. Younger generations, accustomed to social networks and new technologies, are generally more comfortable with this mode of communication. Older people, for their part, may see it as an intrusive practice and prefer more traditional forms of communication.

Towards use reasoned voice messages

Faced with these differences of opinion, it is essential to find a balance. Voicemails can be a valuable communication tool, provided you use them wisely. It is important to respect the preferences of your interlocutors and not to overuse this format. Here are 4 tips for wise use of voice messages:

  • Preference short and concise messages
  • Avoid sending voice messages in noisy environments
  • Ask for permission before sending a voice message to someone you don't know well
  • N’ do not hesitate to offer an alternative (text, call) if your interlocutor seems uncomfortable with voice messages
  • Voice messages have experienced tremendous growth in recent years.
  • Their perception varies depending on the ’ age and culture.
  • Reasoned use of voice messages is essential to preserve the harmony of our communications

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116