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Phone etiquette for the modern age: When to text and when to call in one easy guide

Aimee Ogden is a freelance writer, science nerd, comic book geek, and the mother of one-year-old twins. If she were a Harry Potter character, she'd be a Ravenclaw, and her patronus would be She-Hulk.

An answer to the modern conundrum: Should you call or text?

Times have changed — and phone etiquette has, too. Before you pick up that phone, these days you need to stop and ask yourself: Should I call or should I text?

What are you going to interrupt, prevent or cause by actually, physically ringing your friend? And can what you say be condensed into 100-ish characters and/or emojis? Let's figure out what the best course of action is for your situation.

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An answer to the modern conundrum: Should you call or text?
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So there you have it: Texting is the way of the future! Just be careful about using that eggplant emoji unless you're absolutely sure you know what you're doing.

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