I chose "over the phone" but I meant by voice mail. I hate it when somebody leaves me a voice mail and I check it a day later. Like my grandma had called and I was busy, so I checked the message the next day. I found out my grandpa had a heart attack and was getting stints put in. No more attempts to call me, nothing. I called her and got more info.
A text message I can handle. I've gotten bad news that way. One nice thing is that you can get the info right away. If anything you call that person. As some one that HATES checking voice mails, I'd prefer a text. Usually when I get a voice mail and try to call the person back, it's too late to call or they're not picking up.
I like emails, because I can get the info right away. I keep my email open whenever I'm online. My dad communicates a lot through email and texts, it's the easiest way to get a hold of him.
I hate getting bills and what not, but that's why I don't like getting the mail if I'm not expecting certain packages.