Fascinating article. I’ve always preferred writing to speaking, although not for the reasons one might expect. I am not shy, reclusive, or easily intimidated. Speaking before a crowd or in an intimate group creates no anxiety for me. I simply enjoy having the time to consider what I want to say before the words escape; the luxury of erasing before transmitting.
Communicating more by written word is a pleasure for me but a burden when reading the dribble that often passes as conversation or comment on most social media sites. The majority of social media writing is nothing more than mindless, tasteless, useless narcissism in black and white. Which is why I enjoy Medium so much. A place where people usually write coherently with forethought and creativity, Medium encourages contemplation, consideration, investigation, and imagination.