I read this article from the NY Times with some relief, as many many people mock and/or resent my great (and growing everyday) phone reluctance. There are a very few people that I can talk to on the phone comfortably. I much prefer electronic communication where I can control when, how and if I will respond. For that matter, I much prefer forms of communication that don't ring shrilly at naptime or bedtime, waking up my painstakingly just-asleep children. Then, via a multitude of available electronic methods, I can make dates with the folks I actually want to see in person, as opposed to stumbling through disjointed, disembodied phone chats, which unless you are my mom, my wife, my kids, or my bff, I have a ridiculously hard time pulling off. (Moreover, my kiddos hate the time I spend on the phone, limited though it may be).
And, as this article deftly points out - I'm not the only phone phobe out there! And I'm not nearly as silly as people think (well, at least not for that reason).