Technology has changed the way men and women communicate. Yeah, it’s an obvious call out, but stick with us for a second because just because you can tell her “i <3 u” in writing doesn’t mean you always should — women still like to hear your voice.
So for a moment, forget texting, Facebook, and (insert name of Internet start-up whose uppity teenage founders promise to forever change social networking as we know it), and take this refresher course on cell-phone etiquette. Follow the rules, and you’ll earn major points simply by having a two-minute conversation.
Give her your attention
If you are in the middle of a heated Mortal Kombat X battle and you realize you promised to call, do not attempt to kill terrorists and converse at the same time. Even if you are a tremendous multi-tasker, she will hear either the gunshots in the background or the bloodlust in your voice and feel slighted. (Note: Girls will feel slighted even if there are real gunshots in the background. That’s just the way it is.)
Women want men to listen to them — and really, is that such an outrageous demand? So if you can’t focus on her when you answer the phone, let it go to voicemail until after you’re finished slaughtering Ultranationalists.
#1. Speak in privacy
Your friends are decent guys — even most of the ones in prison — but they will ruin a phone call. So if your buddies are nearby, discreetly excuse yourself for the duration of the conversation. You might catch hell from them when you return, but it’s better than her overhearing them debate body-shot etiquette. Besides, she probably wants to talk to the version of you she gets when you’re alone, not the version who hangs with the guys.
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