Phone Calls Are Too Invasive

I recently read an article in Forbes that explains why most young people don’t like to talk on the telephone. I started to notice this trend about five years ago. I would leave voice mails for much younger business folks and the responses would come back to me in the form of an email.

I would consider myself lucky to get any kind of response. The new “not interested” to my calls are usually “no answer” at all. When you are in the PR business, you are happy if you get a response in the form of a “smoke signal.”

I also started to notice a few years ago that younger business people do not answer their phone. You can call all day long and they won’t answer. At first, I thought that they just didn’t want to talk to me. I later learned that many other business people were experiencing the same thing. No one wanted to talk on the phone anymore.

You have to know what I am talking about. Most adult children, and their kids, will only communicate through emails or texts as well. Most folks my age are offended by this new development. We like the “give and take” of another voice when communicating.

After reading the Forbes article it all makes sense. People who grew up communicating online just feel telephone calls are too invasive. They don’t like being forced to provide an immediate response. They are much more comfortable being in control with a text. They have more time to think about the subject and the reaction.

Forbes claims that the younger generation also feels phone calls take up too much time. Two lines of copy are much more efficient than most “small talk” phone calls. They are just not productive.

All is not lost. If you read the Forbes article, you will learn when 20 and 30 year olds feel phone calls are valid.

The Wojcicki Family

I wanted to devote one blog post to the Wojcicki family. I have been fascinated with them for years.

The parents are Stanley Wojcicki (a Polish American emeritus professor and former chair of the physics department at Stanford University); Esther Wojcicki (an American journalist, educator, and vice chair of the Creative Commons advisory council. She is also the founder of the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Program in Palo Alto); daughter Anne (Founder of 23andMe); daughter Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube; and daughter Janet Wojcicki, an anthropologist and Associate Professor at UCSF.

Good genes in that family.

Yesterday, I told you about Anne Wojcicki and her company, 23andMe. Forbes did a recent story on Anne which I included below. She was married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin from 2007 until separating in 2013. They divorced in 2015. They had two children together and now as a single woman she is pregnant with her third.

Anne was quoted in Forbes saying, “Whether you’re in a relationship or not should not dictate whether or not you have the ability to have children. I’m very stubborn. When there’s something I want to do, I get it done. I really wanted a third child. So like, guess what? I executed.”

I have included the Forbes story in photos below because the link was not working. Try the link or enlarge the photos. It’s a fascinating read.

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