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I Don't Answer the Phone When I Don't Want to

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    Most of the time I don't want to

    so it goes unanswered. The only people I actually answer for on my personal phone is my family and not always then. Work I unfortunately have to for certain people but other times I will just let it ring.
    burgh712009 burgh712009 41-45, M 3 Responses Nov 22, 2015

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    When I wanna sleep, people call me at freaking

    3am. I get all cranky and I'm just like, "WHAT?!" and their reactions are, "Hi." Are they TRYING to drive me nuts? My sleep pattern is messed up anyway, this only makes it worse. Also, almost EVERYTIME I'm on a bus and use my phone, people try to peek and see which language I'm...
    HypnoticFever HypnoticFever 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 1, 2015

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    Generally have it on silent mode.

    Answer at my leisure.
    deedee59 deedee59 56-60, F 1 Response Aug 5, 2015

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    MisunderstoodGirl69 MisunderstoodGirl69 13-15, F May 19, 2015

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    llanolander llanolander 46-50, M May 29, 2015

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    Just Because

    I'm on the phone a lot at work so I will not answer my cell to unknown numbers or just to chit-chat for no reason.
    Browneyesgirl Browneyesgirl 51-55, F 7 Responses Nov 16, 2013

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    AdorabileVenezia AdorabileVenezia 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 29, 2015

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    Not to be an ***, sometimes I just.

    ..don't feel like conversing and despite how kind and chatty some people are, long conversations may tire me from thinking of new responses and topics to continue...so I don't answer it and rather pretend I was away than stop halfway and kill the mood.
    iVoice iVoice 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 2, 2015

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    Lol! My phone has been on ' Blocking Mode'

    for the last 2 weeks. All calls blcoked. I call and or text back those I want to speak to. My life has been peaceful since! They just assume I am on the phone...lol!
    Espiallidocious Espiallidocious 26-30, F Jun 16, 2015

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    I don't answer the phone to anyone outside my

    contact list. I have answered the phone a few times, and all I get is silence on the other end. WHY call me if they aren't going to say anything?? What a waste of my time!
    noaht43 noaht43 41-45, T Jul 27, 2015

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    LadyHeartnMind LadyHeartnMind 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 7, 2015

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    I am not a slave to my phone.

    Sometimes I am doing something and I don't want to be distracted. I don't take my phone in the bathroom with me. I sleep. My full attention is required at times. I don't like to be rude. I am not on call to everyone who has my number. The dinner table does not have a place...
    lake1107 lake1107 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 22, 2014

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    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses May 28, 2015

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    I sometimes resent having a cellphone

    or people having my cellphone number because I don't like peoples' expectation being that they have direct access to me and that in wake of such [illusion] that my attention is due when prompted [by them], otherwise I'm appearing/being shady/evasive
    Onechoice Onechoice 31-35, M 3 Responses Nov 23, 2014

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    Abby And The Old Lady

    I have a house phone and I have a mobile phone. Everyone important to me and worth talking to only have my mobile number, the house phone is just there because it came with the internet. The only people that ever ring that phone are salesmen trying to talk to me about my non...
    WittyDittyInc WittyDittyInc 26-30 5 Responses Apr 25, 2013

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    Especially My Cell Phone

    Okay people. A rant on the subject of phones: Just because I have a cell phone doesn't mean you can reach me anywhere, anytime. I own a cell phone for my convenience. Not yours. Amazingly, I am not sitting around keeping my plate clear so that we can chat whenever you get the...
    ohsovery ohsovery 26-30, F 5 Responses May 2, 2008

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    This is what happened the one time I actually

    answer my phone today (it was an off day). Working on the computer I get a call asking me "Mrs. So and So?" Me: "No, I am sorry you have the wrong number." "No one lives here by that name." "Please take this number off of your list." "Thank You" ..ready to put the...
    dollysworld dollysworld 46-50, F 4 Responses Dec 2, 2015

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    Haha...so yeah I sometimes just decide naah am

    not picking up that call or answering that text....and even switch off my phone for a couple of days
    CurvyandChic CurvyandChic 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 30, 2014

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    I'm really bad about not answering the phone.

    Some time I just get in a mood where I don't want to talk at all so I ignore the phone call. I know that's wrong because I actually do it a lot . I'm trying to get better at it I guess....lol its a work on progress.
    AmorTiana AmorTiana 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 19, 2015

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    I don't understand today's "obsessional"

    priority of a phone call...we've all got voice mail, so use it...if you're actually with someone that took the time out of their day to be there with you, they have first priority...have some manners
    BooBoo493 BooBoo493 61-65, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I try to answer when someone calls me from the

    "Line" app. Only when I'm awake. Zzzzzzzz or walking in a spider web.. leave a message and I'll call you back.!
    Wendy630 Wendy630 46-50, F 5 Responses Jan 18

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    I hate when people look at my phone

    while I'm typing. It's not that I have something to hide... It's just none of their damn business
    jyjyb jyjyb 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 1, 2015

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    I don't like phone calls.

    Well, I try to avoid them. If I can't, I like to keep things straight to the point. I suppose it's the whole instantly having to react to what's being said by the other person. I However, my job requires me to speak to actual humans so I think that contributes to my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 24, 2014

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    The phone can be so annoying.

    I only seem to get calls when I'm driving, eating, watching a good movie or on the toilet.
    xkmb xkmb 56-60 2 Responses Jul 9, 2014

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    I think its definitely necessary

    for people to put their phone down and just unplug for a bit. To be alone with our own thoughts without our facebook, instagram, and EP. See if you can go without the mini computers for a bit. Unplug. You never know what you may find. :-)
    StraCat StraCat 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 3, 2015

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    I'm not always in the mood of answering the

    phone, I'd rather call back later. something my friends can't understand is that I hate talking on the phone for more than the absolutely necessary. I can't explain, I just hate it and end up cutting the conversation saying something like "hey we talk about that when we meet up...
    blackberries blackberries 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 20, 2015

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    I don't answer the phone

    unless someone is in trouble, in crisis, or mad. #SorryNotSorry
    Icelayna Icelayna 31-35, F 5 Responses Dec 1, 2014

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    I get ALOT of calls about

    which my caller Id says, "unknown name" or "number withheld". About 95% of the time that happens, I do not pick up. I figure if IT IS THAT important Mr./ Ms. "Unknown Name" talk to me they'd leave a message. Almost 100% of the time they do not leave a message.
    gingershuman gingershuman 41-45, M 2 Responses Aug 11, 2015

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    People don't quite understand no matter how

    much I tell them. If I pick up a book I'm dropping my phone. If I nap, I'm not going to message you for hours, if i don't feel like it you're not getting a reply. That's just how how I am. if you love me you'll deal with it.
    Wislinefrancois Wislinefrancois 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 23, 2014

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    Sometimes you just want to ignore talking with

    others. Your day has been intense and you just want to relax. A lot of calls are nuisance calls anyway regardless of any regulations or working practices.
    Bourgault Bourgault 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 16, 2014

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    Since I got a call blocker.

    I have had NO unwanted calls. I really recommend UK residents annoyed by sales calls from anywhere in the world to look at it and invest in the cost. Before I bought it, I was receiving up to 5 calls a day at the most inconvenient times (mainly from the Indian sub-continent...
    carlton52 carlton52 61-65, M 2 Responses Oct 6, 2015

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    I tend to screen my calls on the landline,

    if it's important, I'll pick it up. If not, the answer phone can get it, if the other person doesn't leave a message, it's clearly not important.
    theotherusernamesweretaken theotherusernamesweretaken 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 1, 2015

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    Why should I? Too often it is people wanting

    to sell me something I don't want and lying about it.
    peejaycee peejaycee 51-55, M 2 Responses Sep 6, 2014

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    Unless it is from family

    or a friend who i am certain is not just going to want to chit chat for the sake of passing time I ignore the phone unless I really want to kill time talking too. If I answered every call i wouldn't have enough time in my day to actually live. I love my phone but it can...
    shadowgurl444 shadowgurl444 26-30, F 4 Responses Jan 26

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    NaughtySue NaughtySue 36-40, F 2 Responses Aug 20, 2015

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    Sometimes I won't answer the phone

    for days. My family don't like that I seek out as much quiet time as I do, but I like peacefully quiet and serene places because it keeps my emotions balanced. I'm not sure why they don't understand, if I could I would live in solitaire and only talk to or see people once a...
    tah34 tah34 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 27, 2014

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    Especially not if your number is private.

    i always say if it's important they'll leave a message. Am i the only one who does or thinks that?
    shecanonlydream shecanonlydream 26-30, F 12 Responses Jan 26

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    Cocrispy Cocrispy 22-25, M Oct 7, 2015

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    I get antsy when people want to talk on the

    phone for more than 5 minutes. I thought this anxiety would be gone by now.
    Jewelz62 Jewelz62 26-30, F 1 day ago

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    I don't usually answer my phone anymore

    unless it's important I'm so bad lol
    trishayvette trishayvette 22-25, F 1 Response May 16, 2014

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    I guess I can answer the scammers on occasion,

    just to have fun. Today there was an Indian woman talking, and there was loud noises in the background, making it impossible to hear. She claimed there is something unwanted on my computer. Crazy, she can see my computer from here? Without even checking it out? She must be...
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 22, 2015

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    As time passes, I miss you less

    and less. Glad you're done calling me, and I hope you're changing your selfish ways. Your mom deserves more of you as well as your grandparents. It is unfortunate their friends are passing, but that's life. Your family needs you. I needed you, but that's in the past. moving...
    MJack1234 MJack1234 18-21, F Jan 23

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    Im annoyed that I get phone calls from various

    states across the US. I dont answer their calls anymore, because several times I have answered their calls, they dont say anything on their end.. which creeps me out. I feel they waste my time answering their calls. So now when they call, I reject them just to shut them up!
    noaht43 noaht43 41-45, T 5 Responses Dec 29, 2015

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    My phone is for my convenience.

    I will also ignore texts.
    rebekahanastasia rebekahanastasia 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 14

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