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A throwback trick for socially distant spontaneity

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☎️ Today’s tip: Reintroduce some spontaneity into pandemic life by making an unplanned phone call.

In these group-text times, the thought of making a phone call feels committal, like something you’d put into your Google calendar for a precise 30-minute block. An easy, old-timey way to mix things up? Make a spur-of-the-moment phone call for no other reason than because you feel like it.

As Mari Andrew puts it, “What this time lacks in almost every other type of spontaneity, it makes up for in impromptu communication.” The hard parameters of a socially distant social life open up a window to try something new — that is, to relearn a way of interacting that’s kind of old. So the next time you want to catch up with a friend, ditch the scheduled video hangouts and chat boxes and dial their number. You might even find that you like it.

📚 More from Forge on communicating in quarantine:

Hating Your Face on Zoom Is the New Hating Your Voice on the Phone

A Quick Refresher on Basic Phone Etiquette

3 Ways to Rescue a Conversation That’s Going Nowhere

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