How to annoy Generation Y - just call them (comic)

How to annoy Generation Y - just call them (comic)
With the advent of media rich and communication savvy smartphones, the actual calling feature of the cell phone has steadily been on decline. Study after study and survey after survey indicate that we are talking and even texting less from our phones, compared to just a year or two ago, for the sake of IM, tweeting, sending emails and jonesing Facebok updates.

The so-called Generation Y, also called the Millenials, is now heavily into communicating by social media and other digital forms, rather than meeting or even talking on the phone, with all the obligatory and time-consuming pleasantries and social norms that have to be followed when you call someone.

The comic below, "How to annoy a Millenial", sums up this growing trend pretty nicely, and the carriers have picked up on it to the extent that now voice and text are often unlimited, raking in the dough through rationing mobile data plans.

source: StickyComics via Gizmodo



1. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm pretty sure lengthy voicemails are annoying to everyone.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'm pretty sure voice mails are introduced just to make things simple...we humans make the most out of it!! LOL!

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Not a part of it... But it's partly right though!

4. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

SO TRUE. My parents do this to me all the time.

5. JeffdaBeat unregistered

The greeting message on my voicemail: "Hi, you've reached ME! And chances are, I'm not busy. I'm just ignoring your phone call because I'd rather you send me a text message. So hang up the phone, open your inbox, and send me a text. Or leave me a voicemail and I'm sure I'll check it eventually..." Problem is, people call me just to have their friends listen to it. And my mom still leaves me voicemails saying, "Call me..." when she could have texted that in the first place...

6. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

Mine is "You've reached Nicholas, sorry I missed your call. I do not check my voicemail. If you're calling from a mobile device your best bet is to text or email me. Thank you." I hate checking my voicemail, but I usually always answer my phone so it doesn't matter.

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Usted to leave fancy messages on mine, until I got bored of it.... My new idea is to make my default message simple then answer my phone the same way, people will actually think is your voicemail and be anoyed , Lol. mom learned to text (and send emoticons witch creeps me out)

15. rcrider4

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

My mom feels the need to give every emoticon a "clown nose", basically this: :o) or :o(

12. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

So, if she texts you to call her, what do you do?

7. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Well these "improvements" in technology certainly are a way to limit population growth, especially if people don't even bother meeting in person any more.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I've trained my rents. They still call all the damn time and get the voicemail 99% of the time. When they get bored with being ignored I get texts, email, and facebook lines. I used like 6 minutes last month and 3k texts lol.

11. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Your assigned a phone number for a reason, I miss the old way of communication, people are so informal nowadays.

13. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I hate it when I leave a voice mail message saying why I called and then later get a call back from that person asking what I what? Like, didn't you check the voice mail?

16. kylehudsons

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Ain't nobody got time for checking voicemail.... Duh!!!!

14. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

i was under the opinion that Gen Y was the 15-30 age bracket, maybe the younger have will be agrevated with voice mails, but i don't see the older crowd minding quite as much

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