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

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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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 23, 2014

    I don't answer the phone

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

    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
    4 Responses Dec 29, 2015

    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

    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
    Cocrispy Cocrispy
    22-25, M
    Oct 7, 2015

    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

    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

    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
    31-35, F
    1 Response Dec 22, 2015

    I dont answer my phone

    if I find the callers are from out of state anymore. They dont say anything on the other end when I answer the calls. It annoys me to the max!
    noaht43 noaht43
    41-45, T
    Mar 6

    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!
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jun 16, 2015

    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
    18-21, F
    Dec 2, 2015

    I like when you call someone back a few minutes

    after they call, suddenly they are unavailable. Then they call back, you miss it by a minute. Then they finally pick up but say nothing. Sorry, I don't play phone tag, so I am done using the phone for a while.
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic
    31-35, F
    Mar 19

    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
    6 Responses Nov 16, 2013

    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
    11 Responses Jan 26

    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

    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

    Especially if I am feeling a bit low

    or if someone calls when I am eating dinner. I work on phones alot too in the day so the last thing I need are more calls in my free time. One of my friends gets very upset and can't understand my need for space. But it's my phone and my time and I will downright do as I please...
    RosieFemale RosieFemale
    41-45, F
    6 Responses Mar 6

    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
    31-35, F
    1 Response Nov 22, 2014

    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

    Generally have it on silent mode.

    Answer at my leisure.
    deedee59 deedee59
    56-60, F
    1 Response Aug 5, 2015
    llanolander llanolander
    46-50, M
    May 29, 2015
    AdorabileVenezia AdorabileVenezia
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Dec 29, 2015

    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

    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.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Nov 22, 2015

    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

    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

    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

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

    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
    4 Responses Nov 22, 2014

    My phone is for my convenience.

    I will also ignore texts.
    rebekahanastasia rebekahanastasia
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jan 14

    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

    Sees that your calling,

    slowly turns the phone to silent.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Mar 10

    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
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jul 20, 2015

    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

    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

    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

    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
    2 Responses Jun 16, 2014

    Not when I've just sat down to my dinner,

    nor when my sixth sense tells me it's a sales call about people just happening to be in my neighbourhood, not really trying to sell me anything, or helping my fix the non-existent virus on my laptop. And as for when I'm in the bath, well...
    TValentine TValentine
    56-60, M
    Mar 30

    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
    3 Responses Dec 2, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Jan 18
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    4 Responses May 28, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Jan 26

    Thank goodness for voicemail!

    It's an essential component to filtering out those 'What do you want now?' type of calls. Unfortunately, not all callers will leave their voice message, and that's more likely to be true when dealing with unfamiliar numbers. It drives me up the wall-- especially when I don't...
    sean326i sean326i
    22-25, M
    Feb 13
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