A new study prepared for USA TODAY finds voice mail is becoming more of an annoyance rather than a way of life we once came to rely on.

Technology continues to outdo itself, as texting, and instant chat is an easier method of communicating than listening for the beep.

In the recent data collected by USA TODAY, Internet Phone Company, Vonage found the number of voice mail messages left ,fell 8% in July compared to a year ago, and the decline in voice mail was further evident when users were asked if they retrieved a voice mail.  The study found that number was down by 14% compared to the same period a month ago.

The decline in voice mail is fueled by a younger generation that relies on ‘the now’ and becomes impatient with a technology that offers anything less.