The holidays presents many awkward conversations with family members you talk to rarely or if ever at all. What if you could avoid having those phone conversations that end with you looking for a way to get off the quickly?

According to a new survey, you won't have to worry about calling those family members this year.

The average American says they spend a minimum of 11 hours on the phone during the holiday season talking with family members. That's just the lower end, 22% said they could spend up to 21 hours on the phone.

With that being said, it should be no surprise that 46% of male respondents would prefer text over a call while 64% of women said the same.

What does that mean? Well, the elder members of your family will still want phone calls but the younger member who have adapted to modern technology are O.K. will a "Happy Holiday" text. So you can avoid those awkward conversation with that cousin you really can't stand.

Other notes from the study:

  • 51% of Americans prefer to call family members instead of traveling long distances to visit
  • Moms are the mostly likely to be target contact for family members (54% of survey)
  • "Thank You" messages have gone the way of digital as 85% say email has replaced pen & paper responses.