Voicemail – a fading medium?
It’s come to the point where unless I don’t know the number, I’ll usually just automatically delete all of my voicemails. I mean usually the typical voicemail goes something like “Hey. It’s about [insert time here] right now. Just wanted to give you a call to see how things are going. Talk to you soon. Bye.” This is just redundant to the logged missed call on my phone. But now, that they left their message; I have to go into my voicemail and delete it. Granted this process doesn’t take that long, no longer than a minute, but it’s still just another thing to do.
Now, I’m not saying that all voicemail is irrelevant. If you miss a call from a number you don’t know, is business
related, or in general is not a number from a friend or family member then by all means voicemail has a purpose. If the missed call is not from someone you call for no other reason than for friendly conversation then leaving a message is helpful. In rare circumstances, such as when one or both parties are going to be unavailable for a certain time period then leaving a message can help explain a situation in more detail than just a text.
The main reason for voicemail’s increasing irrelevance is obviously that there are now so many different means of communicating today. Though the recording of the human voice for use in a message has been around in one form or another for around a century, today it’s declining. One report stated that the number of voicemails left during 2011 had declined by about 8% compared to the previous year. One can only assume that this is part of an overall trend with ever new means of communication. However, until peoples’ minds become linked and are always in tune with each other voicemail in one form or another will exist.
Understandability Rating – 7 (1 if voicemail is just saying someone called)