Given that most people spend a lot more time on their phones doing what they do best, messaging apps have been viewed as one of the most convenient ways of long-distance communication. Phone calls might have their own benefits, but for more than a few reasons, short messages take the day. For starters, there are plenty of messaging apps these days, including Facebook messenger, Skype, Line, Viber, Telegram, and Whatsapp, with the latter being the most popular one around the globe. Here are some amazing benefits of communicating through messaging apps compared to calling.
When it comes to communication privacy, messaging takes the crown. Privacy makes messaging the best tool of communication and sometimes it’s all that matters. It has happened to many, that someone calls and you have to whisper back just so others nearby won’t hear the juicy details of the conversation between you and your wife or confidential information about the new deal you just signed. Come on, just hang up and drop a text via Whatsapp or your favorite!
Have you been in a situation where you cannot pick up your phone no matter how many times it vibrates? You could be in a business meeting or the middle of a deal you have always wanted to seal. Well, many Android and iOS devices allow you to drop a quick text when hanging up, such as “I will call you back” or “I am in a meeting”. Apart from these, you can quickly get into your favorite messaging app and drop a quick text to your caller instead of going silent on them.
Most importantly, some of these apps like messenger and Whatsapp have both a smartphone version as well as a desktop or web version. Alrigh.com’s Ikoro Obinna says that with WhatsApp Web, you can easily take the conversation to your desktop, where you can type faster from your keyboard and enjoy a better experience from a larger screen. All you need is to have the mobile version configured and scan the QR code at web.whatsapp.com from your desktop internet browser. Talk about convenience!
Think about being called and asked to bring a few items on your way home from work or school. How frustrating can it be when you get home and realize that you missed out on one or two items unintentionally? If they sent a text message instead, it would act as your checklist so you don’t miss out on anything. An SMS can act as a point of reference days, weeks, months, or even years later.
Quick and Immediate
We have all been at crossroads with somebody and they do not want to pick your call. With the availability of many tools like Whatsapp, you can see if they are online and send a message. You can be sure that as much as this is the situation with calls; when you send a message, it will be delivered and it will be read. They might just reply!
Now that they allow group communication, messaging apps have had a big win in both the professional and social worlds. Members can pool in their ideas and come to a mutual conclusion more easily through group chats compared to frequently calling each other to determine who said what, when, and why. Unlike in phone calls or video conferences, those who missed a sitting can easily go online and get the details of the meeting.
Messaging is Cheaper
When messaging on whichever app, all you need is a smartphone and Wi-Fi or an active data bundle from your mobile carrier or provider to communicate. Phone calls, on the other hand, usually cost more than the cost of internet data and Wi-Fi. This is not to forget that most if not all of these apps even allow free voice calls, as long as you have the internet.
They Allow Attachments
Gone are the days when we used to rush to the post office to send letters and other documents. Well, most of us can relate to email attachments, where, as long as you have access to a PC, you can download, store, and print, a document sent to you over email. But thanks to SMS apps, you can do all this without having to leave your home, office, or on the go. With the wide range of messaging apps available, all your documents can be digitized, converted to PDF or other formats, and sent from the comfort of one’s seat. When did you last receive a wedding invitation card? We all went digital!
Finally, SMS apps also make communication more discrete, so you won’t have to worry about distracting others in a place where silence is highly required. Texts can also help in situations where you’re nervous to talk to someone as voice conversations can easily trigger emotions. Simply put, texting using SMS apps has numerous benefits compared to calling, and the above are just a few of them.