The rise of ‘generation mute’

Does talking on the phone make you feel uncomfortable? A growing number of people avoid making phone calls, preferring to communicate via messages. They are becoming known as “generation mute”.

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  1. Do you prefer to talk on the phone or use instant messages? Why? Discuss your reasons with your partner.
  2. Make your own telephone. Take two empty tin cans and connect them with a piece of string or wire threaded through a hole in the base. Hold a conversation with someone in your class.