What can be dangerous about voice messages and how they affect friendships
Voice messages have become a commonplace for messenger users. Of course, this feature is convenient when you can't write a text message.
However, regular use of voice messages in chats with your loved ones can threaten relationships, Metro writes. That's because such audio messages become a full-fledged substitute for calls.
Of course, voice messages are extremely useful for work, for example, when talking to customers. When it comes to using this feature in a dialog with friends, there are a few things to consider.
First of all, audio messages are not always filled with sincerity and real emotions. When recording voice, we may sometimes be dissatisfied with the first attempt. When re-recording our thoughts, the emotions we wanted to convey from the very beginning may disappear. In addition, many people try to be positive and optimistic in audio messages.
One of the peculiarities of voice conversations is that they can last for a long period of time. Your friend will listen to the message when he or she has the opportunity, and by that time its content may no longer be relevant. Or your friend will respond to you in a day, when a regular call would have taken much less time for both of you.
When we talk on the phone, we don't think about our words in advance, but simply share our impressions, emotions, and advice with our loved ones. It's live communication, albeit through the handset of a smartphone. However, voice messages can pose a risk to friendships by becoming a full-fledged substitute for phone conversations. Over time, communication can come to a standstill.
In addition, statistics show that only 16% of smartphone users openly admit that they enjoy sending voice messages, and only 22% like receiving them. Some people believe that a voice message can be a sign of disrespect, or an unwillingness to talk on the phone.
Of course, you shouldn't give up on audio messages, because they can be useful in some cases. However, it is worth remembering that they will never replace a real-time conversation.