I was delighted to see this article by David Pierce from the Wall Street Journal of July 2018. He shares many of our thoughts on the purported death of phone calling.
Clearly, Pierce has it right when he points out that the Internet and smart phones brought us ways to communicate -- email, text, Facetime, Instagram, Snapchat, chat bots, etc. -- "that make phone calls seem wildly inefficient." He's also right when he says that these methods lack the "warmth and humanity that made the telephone work in the first place.”