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Why Voice Notes Are Better Than Texting

I have officially joined the cult.

By Gee Kay, Contributor

I'm in, and I won't apologise for it. Source: Reproduction / Aline Batista

So, apparently, I have an unpopular opinion on voice notes (VN). No, not the voice-to-text grammar-free stream of consciousness paragraph from your dad, or an old-school answering machine. I am referring to the audio clips one records to express themselves, transmitted and received via a telecommunications device, like sending a friend a quick audio message via Whatsapp when you can't be bothered typing. For some, the thought of auditorily recording themselves while pottering around the house or walking down the street is simply too cringeworthy to fathom. Hearing themselves chat away whilst knowing no-one is on the other end of the line is just too shameful a barrier to cross.

It was just too awkward to contemplate. Source: GiPHY

I, however, have crossed that great divide, and am proud to report that I have never looked back.

They got me. Source: GiPHY

Much like the change of Microsoft Word document formats from .doc to .docx; my launch to VNs was a soft one. No one really noticed and there were no dire consequences.