In today’s society, who isn’t guilty of sending a text rather than picking up the phone to call a friend? New research from Virgin Mobile Australia reveals that almost three in five Aussies (57 per cent) are calling their family and friends less frequently since the rise of social media.
According to the survey of more than 1,000 Australians, nearly four out of five (79 per cent) believe social media and technology are causing us to lose the art of conversation, with 63 per cent saying it’s easier to text a friend or a loved one instead of calling for a chat.
Perhaps surprisingly, given these insights, three out of five Aussies (60 per cent) wish they received more phone calls from their nearest and dearest. In fact, a whopping four out of five Aussie social media users (82 per cent) admit that speaking on the phone actually makes them feel more connected to people than social media interaction.
As part of its ongoing commitment to making mobile better, Virgin Mobile has joined forces with R U OK? to encourage Aussies to have more conversations that count, signing on as the not-for-profit’s official ‘conversation partner’. R U OK? aims to prevent suicide by encouraging people to have regular, meaningful conversations throughout the year to help anyone who might be struggling with life.
R U OK? views conversation as a way to make a positive change in people’s lives, and Virgin Mobile wants to facilitate this by using the mobile phone as a force for good. The telco will therefore be supporting the cause by giving its customers free calls to their friends and family within Oz on 11 September (R U OK?Day), encouraging people to pick up the phone and ask someone if they’re ‘ok’.
So what are you waiting for? Get on the phone!