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5 Phone Calls You Still Need to Make

“We never talk anymore” is no longer just the refrain of nagging mothers: People are dropping the traditional voice call in favor of texting and messaging. But experts say there are still some phone calls that can’t — or shouldn’t — be avoided.

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Voice minutes are in such decline that wireless carriers are considering switching to unlimited plans to keep revenue up, The Wall Street Journal reports. And data shows they have reason to worry: the average length of a local call has fallen more than 50% over the last decade to around 1.8 minutes, according CTIA-The Wireless Association. The only time certain people bring the phone to their ear may be to avoid talking to those around them, studies show. Some 13% of people in a Pew Research Center survey said they actually pretend to be on their phones in order to avoid “unwanted personal interactions.” “Nobody calls me anymore,” says Vicky Oliver, social commentator and author of The Millionaire’s Handbook. “Honestly, these days I’m sometimes happy to get calls from telemarketers.”

Instead, adults have joined the ranks of teenagers and now let their thumbs do the talking. One-in-three Americans said they’d rather text than call, according to a 2011 study by Pew Research Center. In fact, the survey found that Americans send an average of 41 texts a day – with those aged 19-25 sending an average of 110 texts a day. Wolfgang Luckmann, a Yulee, Fla.-based acupuncturist, treats patients with “thenar tendinitis,” an inflammation of tissues in the thumb mainly due to incessant texting: “In the old days, people had neck spasms from talking on the phone. Now, they’re getting this.”

Some experts say it’s often in our psychological, social or financial interest to make an old fashioned call. Social networks have taken the small talk out of conversations, says Todd Day, industry analyst for Frost & Sullivan. But sometimes the mouth is mightier than the thumb. People used to deliver good news by phone, Day says. These days, they’re just as likely to brag about their kids in a Facebook status update. Why? It reaches people and it’s less time-consuming, he says. That said, regular phone calls sometimes save time. “In a four-minute conversation you can resolve a problem, save your time and your thumbs,” says Susan RoAne, author of “Face to Face: How to Reclaim the Personal Touch in a Digital World.”

Emergency calls to 911 aside, here are five scenarios when it’s still better to pick up the phone.

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    • Some phone calls you should really make:

      To the cable company — my bill is too high and I need to figure out how to cut it. More than likely you’ll end up with a discount.

      To the insurance company — my bill is too high and I need to either cut it or switch to a lower cost insurer. Good chance they’ll magically find some discounts for you.

      To the car dealer (if you are looking for a new car), after having walked out of the dealership the day before because you just couldn’t justify the price. “I’m still interested but the price is higher than I need it to be. What can you do?”

      To the credit card company. The annual fees are killing me; what can you do? (a bit of a longer shot, but worth the try)

      To Mom, so you can tell her how you saved all that money with just a few phone calls.

      In this down economy, buyers have all the leverage. Take advantage of it while you can.

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