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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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      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.

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      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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/quotes/zigman/7599553/delayed 363 +1 0.28%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/38649152/delayed 16,032 -316 1.93%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/30356461/delayed 1,911 -35 1.79%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/3134148/delayed 15 0 1.10%

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Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/zigman/9962609/composite 87.21 -0.94 -1.06%
AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 108.73 -1.64 -1.49%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 599.29 -6.96 -1.15%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 15.54 -0.40 -2.48%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 50.30 -1.49 -2.87%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.46 -0.38 -2.75%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 32.38 -0.66 -2.00%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 30.56 -1.86 -5.72%
GE /quotes/zigman/227468/composite 23.87 -0.65 -2.63%
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Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.85%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.12% 14.12% 14.00%
Airline 15.10% 15.10% 15.15%
Reward 15.14% 15.14% 14.99%
Cash Back 15.27% 15.27% 15.26%
Instant Approval 18.00% 18.00% 17.93%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
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