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

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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...
    MariosGirl95 MariosGirl95 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    Thanks to caller ID..

    . Lots of times I don't bother reaching over to the table to pick it up. If I want to talk, I'll call you!
    hoosierdaddy62 hoosierdaddy62 51-55, M 1 Response Nov 23, 2014

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    I don't answer the phone

    unless someone is in trouble, in crisis, or mad. #SorryNotSorry
    Icelayna Icelayna 26-30, F 5 Responses Dec 1, 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.
    KMB5 KMB5 51-55 2 Responses Jul 9, 2014

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    when i don't want to i don't pick up calls

    except of from my parents...MIL..or hubby :) ..so who ever is calling me ..they need to wait for that time when i want to gossip ;)
    dauntless82 dauntless82 31-35, F 1 Response May 3

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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 when my phone gives a ring,

    if it's someone that always lets me down and never answer my calls of help, I won't answer the call. Or if I'm lazy I won't answer the call too xD
    FriendlyDragon FriendlyDragon 13-15, F Nov 24, 2014

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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 5 days ago

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    We are now plagued by

    so many sales calls that I will not answer the phone if it is from a number that I recognise. It is getting to the point where the phone is becoming a redundant piece of equipment.
    rodscot rodscot 56-60, M 2 Responses May 12

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    Before you pick up that call,

    there must b a total change of mood, reorganized state of mind. U may b in a happy mood but as soon as you pick up that call everything around you comes to a pause. I rather don't pick, I prefer sending a quick text,I'm in a meeting...text me if it's an emergency, thanks" I...
    joyevaa joyevaa 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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    llanolander llanolander 46-50, M May 29

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    I never answer the phone

    unless I'm expecting someone important to call. So therefore, I don't answer the phone 99% of the time. If someone constantly rings the phone wanting me to answer, I just unplug the phone. If they want me bad enough they can come to my house. Well, then they would have to...
    InvaderGashloog InvaderGashloog 70+, F 1 Response Nov 24, 2014

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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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    Ignorent Callers

    I get alot of calls from people whom think they can and know how to run my life. That really bothers me alot so I just ignore the phone and sometimes just turn it off. I am tired off changing my phone# so it is better of ignoring those calls.
    tequilalady tequilalady 41-45, F Feb 22, 2010

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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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    The phone just rang and I was standing right

    next to it... I just let it ring.
    badazzbasicbich badazzbasicbich 18-21, F 7 Responses Dec 17, 2014

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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 46-50, F 7 Responses Nov 16, 2013

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    Just because you call me doesn't mean I have to

    drop what I'm doing to talk to you. But I always answer calls from my parents. Besides I'm not a big conversationalist but when I do pick up the phone at times when I consider ignoring it, it turns out to be a great conversation.
    youreable youreable 26-30, F 1 Response May 3

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    Cousin FSHWIV left a long message on my

    answering machine. Her anxiety sometimes turns into aggression towards me and my mother, mostly when she doesn't agree with our opinions. There are so many good things about FSHWIV, but since we sent her a gift, there's room for jealousy among her other siblings. The gift was a...
    WarmGoldenHeart WarmGoldenHeart 31-35, F Apr 23

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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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    Which caller ID app works best wit iphn 5s.

    I really need to hear who's calling before I take unecessary race in picking up the call
    joyevaa joyevaa 31-35, F Dec 3, 2014

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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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    I don't want to talk to my parents,

    they live their lives in a sea of hatred and condemnation. I want to live among loving, forgiving people. I told my mom I was diagnosed with depression and she has offered no empathy; no thoughts at all actually. my mental illness will be ignored so they can pretend it isn't...
    aileen2 aileen2 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 27

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    I was half considering not picking up this call

    I just got from a friend that's not very close and anyway, I picked up after a few rings, and it turned out to be the sweetest phone call I'd had in a while, put a big ol smile on my face although it's probably stupid to be so happy about it ahaha. Haven't had someone say such...
    Mariyah22 Mariyah22 18-21, F Mar 2

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    kunaltnwr kunaltnwr 22-25, M 3 Responses Jan 23

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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 22-25, F Jun 16

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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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    Its feels very uncomfortable to talk to our

    friends over the phone.. However they think i am loose footed champ..!!
    sreejithu1991 sreejithu1991 22-25, M Dec 4, 2014

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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.
    usernameinneed usernameinneed 26-30, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I never had a phone growing up.

    Everywhere, but my home had phones. I would be asked to use the phone by the host. At home, the attention grabber is the annoying phone with my voice which is starting to annoy me, too. The calls are 90% coming from organizations. Some trying to sell something, others asking for...
    WarmGoldenHeart WarmGoldenHeart 31-35, F Apr 23

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    ThirtySevenX ThirtySevenX 46-50, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    People constantly call my phone all day.

    I usually avoid it, I know they usually want me to go visit them or the H needs something. I purposely avoid his phone call because I know he needs something from me. They are constantly getting on me about it, always making remarks. I don't care, they don't know that OTHER...
    FreewritingFreyja FreewritingFreyja 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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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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    my auto text that is sent

    when I ignore a call is "I don't feel like talking, call tomorrow unless someone is dying " my friends just text now and ask me what type of mood I'm in before calling LOL
    lostinthoughtss lostinthoughtss 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 22, 2014

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    I am not bothered in the least by a ringing

    phone or ringing cell phone. I do not jump at every ping of my cell phone. Drives my wife nuts but that phone has no authority over me. Over time, phones came to represent power and priority. It has none other than what we give it. No warrants are issued or fines assessed...
    SonOfTheDelta SonOfTheDelta 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 13, 2014

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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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    I've never see the phone etiquette rule book,

    but i can't imagine it requires all incoming calls be answered. We're not obligated to be available 24/7.
    LifeDispenser LifeDispenser 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 7, 2014

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    The phone. Ughhh. My rooms are

    so large and it echo's like mad....startling the crap me. Most of the time it lives in a shut drawer only to come out when someone lets me know to expect their call. :P
    dollysworld dollysworld 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 5, 2014

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    Phones Who's Are They Anyway

    I have always thought that a phone was your tool, your machine, your convenience. It’s something you have purchased to use. It allows you to call and keep in touch or get a message to someone you wish to.  It is not there for someone to demand your attention when you...
    GypsyFever GypsyFever 46-50, F 4 Responses Sep 23, 2007

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    MisunderstoodGirl69 MisunderstoodGirl69 13-15, F May 19

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    I rarely put my phone on ring

    and if I do, its the lowest volume. And yes, attributed to my moody and awkward nature, I don’t take up calls when I don’t want to. There are few people who have nothing to offer but stress- like there is any less amount of stress in my head already. Okay, so they might be...
    revelation1 revelation1 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 11, 2014

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    Converted Converted 46-50, M Mar 22

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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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    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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    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 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 27, 2014

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    3st3ll3 3st3ll3 13-15, F May 17

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