It’s nearly Mother’s Day. While it’s nice to send a card or buy a gift, most moms would rather hear your voice and have a nice conversation.
An Ooma study about Mother’s Day found that 82 percent of surveyed moms would rather connect with their children for Mother’s Day than receive a gift.
More than 500 people participated in our nationwide Mother’s Day survey, including moms and their families. Notably, we found that moms were 22 percent less likely to want flowers for Mother’s Day than their children think. However, they’re 46 percent more likely to want to receive chocolate than their children expect.
How often should you be calling your mom?
Mother’s Day is, of course, a notable moment to call your Mom. But more than just on her special day, how often do you call your mother, and is it as much as she’d like?
A survey by FiveThirtyEight sought to answer these ever-looming questions.
The majority of kids are getting their phone call frequency right. In about 69 percent of the cases, kids were calling their moms as frequently as they’d like to hear from them. Some kids should be calling more, and about 23 percent of mothers would like to hear from their children more frequently. According to the report, only eight percent of mothers hear from their children more often than they’d like.
But what is the ideal frequency that moms want to receive a phone call from their children? Your mom may be the best authority on the subject, but the FiveThirtyEight study does share some nationwide averages.
Calling your mom a few times per week is the most popular call frequency that moms prefer. Kids agreed, as this schedule was the most popular choice when asked how often they think their mother expects a call.
When looking at call patterns with higher frequency, such as daily, several times per day, and several times per week, moms have higher rates of wanting these call frequencies than what kids think should be expected of them.
The opposite is true for less frequent call patterns. For weekly calls, a few times per month, monthly, and calls a few times per year, kids selected these frequencies at higher rates than what moms wanted.
Phone calls to mom in 2020
Voice calls are making a comeback, said the New York Times.
As people look for connection, both call volume and the length of phone calls is on the rise. Even while video and chat services have become popular, there’s no doubt about the ease and familiarity of picking up the phone to have a conversation.
In 2020, Verizon’s average daily call volume has been 800 million wireless calls. That’s more than double what’s made on Mother’s Day, which is the busiest day of the year for phone calls.
Interestingly, the rise of phone calls in 2020 is even surpassing the increase in internet usage.
Reports show that internet traffic is up 20 to 25 percent. On the other hand, the length of voice calls is up an average of 33 percent, and the number of phone calls has increased by 35 percent.
Top reasons why you should call your mom
“Moms really just want to hear from their children — on Mother’s Day or any other day of the year,” says Jim Gustke, Ooma’s Vice President of Marketing.
Here are our top nine reasons to call your mother:
- Because she wants to hear from you. It’s just that simple.
- Call to thank her! From diaper changes to the terrible teen years to today, she’s been through it all with you.
- To give her an update on what’s been happening or how the grandchildren are doing.
- To ask her how she’s feeling.
- To ask her for her opinion. Adulting is hard, and moms give great advice.
- To get cooking advice. The internet’s recipes are never as good as mom’s home cooking.
- To share a smile, share a laugh.
- To help her solve that tech problem she’s been trying to figure out.
- Call your mom because life is short. And don’t forget to say “I love you.”
How can Ooma help mom stay connected?
When you set your mother up with an Ooma Telo, she can benefit from all of its advanced calling features.
She may appreciate the customizable call blocking and block caller ID features to reduce the number of telemarketers and scammers that prey on seniors. Plus, the safety features of Ooma’s advanced 911 service automatically transmits a home address to dispatchers, solving the geolocation problem of many cellular phone plans. And 911 Alerts will keep you in the loop by automatically notifying the emergency contact if 911 is dialed.
So not only does Ooma help you and your mom stay in touch, but the comprehensive set of features provides an improved phone experience.
Mother’s Day Giveaway
Are you thinking about getting your mom an Ooma Telo for Mother’s Day?
Through Sunday, May 10th, you can enter our sweepstakes to win a suite of Ooma products. The winner will receive two Ooma Telos and Ooma HD3 Handsets — one set for you and one for your mom.
Complete your entry at our Ooma’s Mother’s Day Giveaway page to be automatically entered in the drawing.
P.S.: While sharing the sweepstakes with your friends doesn’t help your chances of winning, sharing does give your friends a chance to win Ooma products for their mom too.
And to all of the moms out there, we wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.