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

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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 2 Responses Sep 7

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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

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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

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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

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    I don't even feel guilty about not answering

    the phone when I don't want to, like I do about not answering emails or messages. I guess, as technology has moved on the text has became more personable (and like the actual person) than the mechanical reproduction of the voice. It suits me well, since writing has always been a...
    DarkwingGoslyn DarkwingGoslyn 31-35 2 Responses Sep 28

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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

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    I Don't Understand...

    ... why I am supposed to answer every single call.  Especially when 90% of calls I get are unsolicited telesales.    I am not kidding about that percentage either.  Even on my mobile (or cell phone), the majority of calls are telesales.  People I know either text or wait...
    Opalgem Opalgem 36-40, F 4 Responses Apr 17, 2011

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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

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    know the number, don't feel like talking,

    and when I'm in a meeting. luckily no voice mail is set up!
    boxing4life boxing4life 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 23

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    Eating is sacred, and answering the phone

    while eating is herecy. Herecy I say!
    Vumsy Vumsy 22-25, M Sep 29

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    gibbo68 gibbo68 46-50 1 Response Jun 9

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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

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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

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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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    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...
    FreyjaInBattle FreyjaInBattle 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 3

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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

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    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 5 Responses Sep 29

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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...
    Reallifeperson Reallifeperson 22-25, M 3 Responses Nov 24

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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.
    karenmbrown karenmbrown 51-55, T 2 Responses Jul 9

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    This Is Horrible

    I was watching an action-packed film (which I usually tend to hate) and I didn't answer the phone... My aunt called over and over again... BUT the damn film was so good that I refused to get up. My aunty is a blabber mouth and by the time I would have managed to hang up on her I...
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 12, 2010

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    Because i saw codependant cure.

    Not many cures but mastered this one.
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 8

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    I work hard and I enjoy my down-time,

    no need to be reachable by everyone 24/7. Ringer off!
    ShhhShy ShhhShy 46-50, F 1 Response Apr 4

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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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    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 1 Response Dec 3

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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 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 16

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 4 Responses Dec 1

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    anasteel2 anasteel2 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 7

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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 2 Responses Mar 5

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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 8 Responses Nov 16, 2013

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    Hate the Darn Thing

      Ever notice, if someone calls you, they are calling at THEIR convenience. Not yours. I always answer the phone breathless, like the'y've interrupted some important (roof reairs, hot sex, or a spirtual conversion.  Only one of these is the least bit likely.) 99% of...
    AyeAye AyeAye 46-50, F 2 Responses Sep 17, 2008

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    some people text me even

    if they know i feel not great and need time to be alone.that’s really annoying me and flastrating. ''would you please leave me alone for a while''
    juryandrews juryandrews 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 22

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    Not Answering The Phone

    It seems to me that alot of people are a servant to the phone.  If it rings they feel compeled to answer it no mater what.  My phone works for me; not me for it!
    billwest billwest 56-60, M 2 Responses Dec 5, 2009

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    I tend to let my phone ring

    until it is sent to voicemail. It's so weird. I feel nervous sometimes. I'm not anti social or anything. I have a rather outspoken personality. I'm thinking it's because I've become too comfortable with texting. But I need to stop building this habit.
    clamthatjams clamthatjams 22-25, F Nov 22

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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

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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 6 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    The phone hanging up goes to security .

    .skumbag... You never win with me ..
    gether5050 gether5050 51-55, F 1 Response Jul 21

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    stonedalone stonedalone 18-21, F Aug 26

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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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    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 2 Responses Sep 30

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    Basically it's a stress answering people. If I don't, it's for valid reasons. I just don't like to talk to people. Because it never goes well. 1: I can tell you are a sicko or a...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 3 Responses Nov 28

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    If you think I'm ignoring you, I'm probably offline, at work, in class, doing homework, teaching dance classes, having sex, or living my life on the "outernet" like you should be...
    HeyyMrsCarter HeyyMrsCarter 22-25, F Dec 9

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