The Pros and Cons of 4 Different Communication Methods

1. In person; face to face

+more difficult for the other person to ignore you. I’ve found that if you want people to give you the time of day you have to get up in their face about it.

+more information can be obtained from body language

-can be uncomfortable, especially if you have social anxiety

-more difficult for you to ignore the other person if they’re annoying

2. Phone

+you can do other things while talking

+don’t have to be face to face to talk, which can be more convenient

+can be easier to end a conversation

-again, can be uncomfortable if you have social anxiety, especially with cold calls to people you’ve never met before

-can’t see body language

-more difficult to tell if the other person is paying attention

3. Video calls (skype, facetime, etc.)

+same as face to face but you don’t have to be in the same room

-highly dependent on technology and so video calls can be of poor quality

4. Texting / E-mail

+non-confrontational; good if you’re introverted and/or have social anxiety

+gives you more time to think of responses

-you can’t be 100% certain who you’re communicating with

-leads to sporadic conversation; it might take a while to get a response, if they bother to respond at all

What's your favourite and least favourite form of communication?

I would rank them as follows:

in person > video calls > texting/e-mail > phone

I really don't like cold calls for some reason.


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What Girls Said 1

  • Nothing will surmount the power of communicating face-to-face in the same room because this is where people get to speak, read, and understand two languages-- spoken language and body language, especially when a conversation is geared to be confrontational than usual.

    I'd rank them like this:
    1. In person
    2. Texting/e-mail messages (free of charge most of the time, and fast)
    3. Phone calls (you get to hear the voice but not see the body)
    4. Video calls (you get to hear and see both voice and body, but the strength of data connection is your biggest foe)


What Guys Said 1

  • nice one, thanks