How Friends Communicate

While the Internet age has not been kind to some older means of communication, it hasn’t displaced the telephone as the instrument by which friends chat with one another. A Rasmussen Reports survey, fielded last month, asked adults to cite the way they most often communicate with their friends. Forty-four percent said they do so by phone, and 31 percent said it happens most often in person. Many fewer said they do their friendly chatting most often via texting or e-mail (17 percent) or through social-networking sites (5 percent).

Women were more likely than men to say the phone is the tool they use most often for chatting with friends (50 percent vs. 38 percent). Men were more likely than women to say they mainly communicate with friends in person (37 percent vs. 26 percent).