I like writing. I like reading. It’s probably my favorite way of communicating with people. I’ve been trying to figure out why that is recently, and I think I’ve come up with some decent reasons.
The small things: It frees up my ears for music. Love me my music. And it generally creates a nice paper trail (the number of times I say “let me go find that email” in a day…).
But I think why I like it the most is that it’s one-way communication. Send me a long email with the reasoning for something and I’ll read it all the way through before replying anything. Whereas talking it over in person will likely get me to start asking questions right off the bat (I play devil’s advocate/bringer of bad news, all. the. time.). Same for the inverse. If I feel something strongly, I like writing it down as the process of writing it down usually allows me to clarify the idea to myself first, and then try to find the holes before sending it off to others. Instead of verbal-diahrea they get a thought-out and cohesive idea.
Granted this isn’t always the best way of doing things. Sometimes talking can give a tighter feedback mechanism which comes in handy for more creative things… but how often does that happen? :P