My mother is untrainable. At least, as far as voicemail is concerned. We'd repeat the same song and dance over and over. Me: Stop leaving me voicemails. Her: I don't understand. This went on for years, until I figured out she was right all along.
Voicemails should be dead, but your mom is still leaving you long-winded one-sided conversations — and you probably listen because you love her. But as times moves on, leaving a voicemail isn't just passé, it's becoming a lost art for millennials.
Today in political types who don't know how to use the phone, a Wisconsin Congressman is drawing criticism for saying he'd like to "smack around" a constituent — all while her voicemail was recording.
A woman was kicked out of a movie theater in Austin, Texas for texting during a movie — a theater, might we add, that warns of the consequences of said behavior repeatedly. The joke pretty much writes itself, right? Not exactly.
The ubiquity of voicemail made sense when our phones lived in the kitchen, not our pockets—before SMS and twitter and the dozens of other ways we now stay perma-connected. So when does it make sense to use voicemail?