An unintended benefit of social distancing and the stay-at-home orders in a majority of states is that we are using our phones as actual phones more.

I know, right? I forgot they called people, also.


A recent survey on YouGov shows that 31% of respondents are using phone calls as their main way to stay in contact with friends and family. That’s still not the most popular, which was texting and instant messaging at 41%, but even two months ago, that number would have been smaller.

Other answers: 12% say video chatting is their main way of staying in touch and 7% say social media posts.

Oh, and 4% aren’t even bothering.