Do you use any form of video calling?

Do you use any form of video calling?
It's a weird time and age we live in. We all have mobile telephones in our pockets, yet we rarely use them for actual calls. Instead, our communication has been replaced by texts, chats, and even emoji and image shares only. To call someone, it has to be something urgent, something professional, or the person needs to be a close friend or family. Otherwise it almost seems rude nowadays to just ring up someone at a random time. Weird, no?

This got us thinking about video calls. There are countless chat apps that allow this — from Messenger, to Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, Apple's own FaceTime and Google's Duo. With the press of a button, you can instantly initiate a conversation with the added benefit of having two-way visual feedback, the way we are hard-wired to communicate in the first place.

But do we use it? Well... do we?

Do you do video calling?

Actually yes, regularly
Rarely, usually to contact family or for business talks
What? No... why would I want to do that, though?



1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Duo is fantastic for this since it is cross platform.

21. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

WhatsApp. Unfortunately It's owned by the evil empire FB and the messenger app of choice for most of the world these days but if I had my choice I'd use Hangouts (don't know anyone on Duo) instead.

32. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Every Google Assistant smart speaker, and every Google Assistant smart display uses Duo. Plus Google and their partners have now shipped over a 100 million of these type of devices.

41. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Doesn't change the fact that I don't know anyone who uses it. The majority of people interact on mobile devices on the go and you'd look pretty stupid carrying around a smart speaker or display.

2. Shkselectah

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 26, 2018

Yes. Google Duo

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2415; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Very rarely, only to mark a special occasion or to make a more interpersonal statement. I actually don’t care for communicating in real time, audio or video. It leads to a lot of forced idol chat, which is just an unnecessary goalpost for trying to showcase social etiquette chat and awkward segway attempts to get out of it.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Use duo occasionally

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Duo my kids - grandma. Great suplement when there is no time or energy to make a small trip.

6. Whitedot

Posts: 893; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

No, I regularly use my old rotary phone and look through the window if I want to see my friend at the other end of the cable.

7. kennybenny

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Use FaceTime on my iPad to keep in touch with family, especially when they use iOS devices. Sometimes use Skype on my S8 but rarely.......

8. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Nope, Face time just reminded me why i would never use any kind of video caling. Will never have a smart speaker in my house either.

33. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Those smart speakers and smart displays have mute and privacy buttons and sliders on them. Well at least the Google Assistant smart devices do. The Echo Shows you have to use a piece of tape over their cameras.

36. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Sissy if you have a cellphone in your house it's the same risk.

39. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Under stand that but why add more, lol

9. j_grouchy

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Only on holidays for talking to family across the country via our Echo Show.

10. surethom

Posts: 1748; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Never used video calling or voice call but mainly just use massaging apps.

17. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Which ones? I prefer rub n tug...

38. Vancetastic

Posts: 1880; Member since: May 17, 2017

That’s pretty hilarious!

11. Chris_ABN

Posts: 198; Member since: May 16, 2018

Duo is the s**t. Use it all the time.

12. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

The only reason I’m carry iphone is because all family have ios and Facetime & iMessage.

14. TBomb

Posts: 1707; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

you can tell them to get Duo. I tried with mine and everyone plays the "Idk how to use it" card (AKA theyre lazy 20-somethings) but you might get lucky. based on the earlier comments, lots of people like it

18. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

No it won’t work, it like religion thing remember sheeple term? They are just like that. Only time they will ever change their mind is it will cost them arm and leg then they will change otherwise they stuck with what they know........ There is something good come out of it, if the phone broke i can just buy another iphone and they know how to use it right away.

29. Vokilam

Posts: 1442; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

See, no one wants to keep some app, sign in to some service just for couple of people on their contact list when FaceTime is nearly everyone’s phone. Obviously opposite story if your contacts are all in android - but that’s not the case - it was frustrating to always have to ask which app everyone used, install, signup, and then after that one call never use it again. Every time someone asks me to install either Skype, duo, WhatsApp, some messenger, viber, I cringe because of all the signups and another login to remember and keep track of. FaceTime is winner by a huge margin, and my experience comes from being on Samsung for years - there’s just no good substitute to integration and versatility of FaceTime.

31. TBomb

Posts: 1707; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

You somewhat contradict yourself. You want something that everyone has access to. That is the exact opposite of FaceTime. Duo is cross-platform, as is WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, etc.

34. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

"When FaceTime is nearly on everyone's phone". You mean the 15% of the smartphone users in the world that have iPhones. Is that the type of everyone you were talking about. Typical blind sheeple that lives in their iPhone bubble.

35. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Actually Apple only sold 12.1% of the smartphones (iPhones) globally last Quarter Q4 or 41 million iPhones. That is from IDC. There was a total of 343 smartphones sold globally in Q4 2018.

13. TBomb

Posts: 1707; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Skype for business at work.... and Facebook messenger when I need to talk to someone in another country. no one wants to let me try out Duo so I have no experience there :(

15. libra89

Posts: 2337; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Very rarely. I don't feel comfortable with it. I only use it when necessary.

16. ahmadkun

Posts: 691; Member since: May 02, 2016

Everyday.. with IMO messenger app

19. torr310

Posts: 1725; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I dont even make calls... all by text or voice messages.

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