Connecting With Friends

I’ve been trying to just keep my kids and me safe and healthy.  Minding my own business and helping friends and family as we are isolated.  FaceTime has become a good way to stay close although I’d prefer just talking on the phone without having to be on camera.  Perhaps I’m camera shy these days because I’m not putting on makeup or doing my hair as much.  And I like it that way.  It’s like a breather from having to worry about looks and just be my authentic self without the limitations of being dressed, made up and coiffed to be seen.  Are you feeling that way too?  Or do you like having face to face conversations?

Because I’ve never been one to feel like I have to see you in order to connect with you.  Hearing your voice is enough for me.  Maybe I’m the odd duck here?

While I like to occasionally see my friends and family via video chatting, I prefer to just talk on the phone so I am free to do other things while continuing to talk.  I like to clean or start dinner which doesn’t make it good for video chatting.  Then I feel like I’m doing two things at once and getting the cleaning/dinner done with a friend if that makes sense?  Are you a multitasker too?  Or do you feel ok video chatting and staying put while you do it?

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12 Responses to Connecting With Friends

  1. scr4pl80 says:

    I’ve been Facetiming with my sister recently who just got an old tablet which allows that. She lives about an hour and a half away so we didn’t see much of each other before and now with the restrictions it will probably be quite some time since she is a very high risk person. I am able to craft in my studio while we chat so it is quite nice.

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  2. Create Space says:

    I prefer to focus on the conversation so I slot time aside to just chat. I find it irritating when the other person is rattling pots, eating or washing up as we chat. Living in a wifi blackspot means I prefer phone calls over video calls.

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    • janieleeds says:

      I agree with you and I do try not to keep doing things while I’m talking, but sometimes I see something that I can quietly do while talking and I do it. I know what you mean about it be distracting and irritating when others are multitasking. Thanks for sharing. Hope you’re all healthy!

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      • Create Space says:

        Thanks Janie we are all doing fine. We have had good, mostly dry weather since we went into lockdown and we can take a short walk every day! A bonus after a long, very wet winter! I hope you are all navigating this challenging event well. X

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      • janieleeds says:

        We are doing ok here. I feel very grateful that we are healthy which is my priority. Glad you’re walking – we are too! Stay healthy Marie! ♥

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  3. petespringerauthor says:

    I don’t video chat much, so given a choice between speaking on the phone vs. video chatting, I’d call it a tie. The only advantage to video chatting for me is that I think there are nonverbal cues that an over the phone conversation can’t pick up on, the same way that a transcript isn’t as good as hearing someone’s voice.

    I get your point about not having to worry about one’s appearance when making a phone call, though. That’s why I’m not a big fan of people dropping by my house without any forewarning.

    The thing I miss the most is regular face-to-face conversations with people. I want to go out to lunch with friends and give them a hug without the notion that we’re risking our lives by doing so.

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    • janieleeds says:

      Pete, I agree with you because I’m a person who hugs too. But hopefully things will get better sooner rather than later and we can all return to hugging our loved ones. Thanks for sharing! Stay healthy!

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  4. LA says:

    I’m a texter…

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