Short message for someone? Text. Long message? Email. Brief chat? IM. Proper chat? Meet for a drink. The only reason I find for a phone call more than 2 minutes long is to catch up with my mum every now and again. I don't know what it is I dislike - maybe it's the way you can't do much else while you're on the phone, and any gaps in the conversation are much moe awkward than they would be in person.