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Reach out and touch someone: Low tech makes a comeback

Reach out and touch someone: Low tech makes a comeback
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What can you do with your smartphone? The better question might actually be what can't you do? Our gadgets today have so many great features that you can do everything from take an HD photo to check your heart rate. In fact, with so many great tools jam-packed into one, many people have given up on the basic function that made phone's popular in the first place - the voice call.

Now, phone calls still have their place. But, they've taken a back seat in everyday life to text messaging. If you have a teenage child like me, then you know that better than anyone. Sending a text is so quick and easy that it can make phone calls feel like a hassle by comparison. No one wants to get stuck playing phone tag for two hours just to relay a simple message.

Texts are a good way to relay a short message or ask your husband to pick up milk on his way home. But, if you're like me, you still like the personal nature of a phone call. When it comes to birthdays or just catching up, nothing can beat calling friends and family just to check in and get an update on what's going on in their lives.

That's why statistics show phone calls are now on the rise. But, this isn't a comeback - it's more of a reinvention. The phone calls of the future might not look quite like you remember them.

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