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I Feel Awkward On the Phone

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    I Feel Awkward On the Phone

    It's a funny shape and it gives me a sore ***.
    WildLife2008 WildLife2008 70+, F 6 Responses Sep 13, 2008

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    A Techie Who Hates Using Phones

    I am someone who likes using computers for everything from IMing to 3D modeling, playing the newest game consoles, pretty much any technology except for the phone. Talking in person, chatting online, neither make me fell awkward, but when it comes to talking on a phone I dread...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 10, 2010

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    I Don't Do Much Phone Talking.

    The only people I am truely comfortable talking to on the phone are my mom, my boyfriend, and my friend John (not so much him anymore).  Other than that, I hate it.  I hate it the most when I am going to be talking to someone for the very first time. ...
    BellasHappyPlace BellasHappyPlace 18-21, F Dec 22, 2009

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    Say Whuuu?

    I never know what to say xD Even with my best friend i'm always saying What?? What??? What????? uhmmm... *awkward silence* yeahhhh they usually have to start talking first, this is why I never talk on the phone with my boyfriend. he doesn't understand. xD
    marchxofxthexdead marchxofxthexdead 16-17, F Oct 20, 2010

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    Well Duh!

    Phone calls. LOVE THEM! Not. Even when it's somebody you know really well, unless there's something truly serious or overwhelming to discuss, an awkward moment will always creep in. A stunning silence filled with indecision, apprehension and anxiety. It just becomes really...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 14, 2011

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    Can You Hear Me Now?

    Awkward silences on the phone are worse than awkward silences in general. I also am really bad at ending a phone call. I feel I can better express and explain through writing rather than words. Also, being a quiet talker, I hate having to repeat myself. Honestly, I didn't use...
    shocks shocks 22-25, M Oct 3, 2011

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    Silence

    You know that awkward silence that you sometimes get when you are talking to someone (not on the phone) when both of you have run out of something to say. Well, that awkwardness is like 10 fold on the phone and that is why I try my best to use the phone as little as possible.
    katnipkitkat katnipkitkat 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 22, 2012

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    I Hate It!

    I hate hate hate talking on the phone, I can only do it when I've had a few drinks, otherwise I get really nervous and I don't know why.  I just hate feeling awkward and all of those pauses of silence? No thank you!
    parkerrr parkerrr 18-21, F 1 Response May 9, 2012

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    Leave A Message At The Tone

    Ever since I've gotten my phone, I've missed every call but two. That was for another reason, but talking on the phone has always felt-uncomfortable. I never know what to say, when to say it, and whether or not I made the person mad. That always freaks me out. Also, I almost...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 15, 2013

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    Afraid

    When I am forced to make phone calls to stores and such, I am terrified. It used to be I only had a problem with business-like phone calls, and made personal ones all the time. Anymore, I never call anyone. Just recently, I had my first real phone conversation in the past 10...
    shytooth shytooth 16-18, F 1 Response Dec 4, 2007

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    Sometimes I Just Let It Go to Voicemail

    Just today I got a phonecall that I let go to voicemail because I just didn't want to talk on the phone. I hate talking on the phone! I like texting, but talking on the phone feels unnecessary. I would much prefer a text message or an email than a phonecall. There are times...
    RatsieRizzo RatsieRizzo 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 3, 2008

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    Sooo Awkward!

    I don't like talking on the phone because sometimes you both wanna say something and you happen to say it at the same time and then both of you are like "Wait, what?" and things get messy and so awkward and then you run out of things to say and it's hard to just say...
    mixedview mixedview 16-17, F Jan 1, 2008

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    I Feel Awkward

    I have no idea y but its difficult to even tink of wat to say.
    Wathehell Wathehell 18-21, F Jan 30, 2012

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    A Sign Of The Times?

    I don't know what it is but I feel so awkward on the phone compared to just texting or talking in person. I deal with the phones a lot in my day to day, works hard for the money, kind of way but on a personal note a phone call gets way too weird. I want to know who you are, what...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 29, 2012

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    And Everywhere Else Too...

    But especially on the phone. I don't really know what it is, but I never really feel completely comfortable on the phone. Goodbyes are the worst for me, because you never know if you should hang up first and whatnot or if at the last second they're going to have something else...
    JonFurniss JonFurniss 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 17, 2008

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    One Of These Days I'll Get Fired

    Right now I'm sitting here at work. I have to phone a bunch of suppliers to ask them for e-mail addresses, so that I can send them some requests for quotes. But I am so damn nervous, when the phone starts ringing, I panic and hang up. Then I try again, and hang up again I...
    StrongerThanWood StrongerThanWood 31-35, M Sep 3, 2012

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    Although

    It is probably more due to the fact that I can't hear people properly due to my hearing impairment
    FascinatingFear FascinatingFear 18-21, M Dec 6, 2011

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    Okay........i Dread Talking On Phone!!!!

    It was not like this always....!! but i believe i have always been very clumsy and awakward on phone. why it was so i don't know....maybe just a phone phobia or sumthing. i never knew why i could never take any msgs on phone for others, its like i would not understand what the...
    destinygirl22 destinygirl22 26-30, F 2 Responses May 4, 2011

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    Don't Know Why..

    I hate talking on the phone. Unless its with my parents. My friends get really annoyed with me. They always tell me to answer my phone but I'd rather text. I don't know why I just have grown to hate it. If someone calls me i'll usually ignore the call. and that ****** them off.
    sweetxheartxo sweetxheartxo 16-18, F 3 Responses Jan 17, 2008

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    It's rare that my phone conversations last

    for more then 30 secs to a minute. I've never been a phone person and I don't have a phone right now so when I do get handed a phone I'm like 'uh... Hi... Bye'
    secretlyfelix secretlyfelix 18-21 1 Response Jan 2

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    Urg

    It's hard enough to communicate with human beings, especially ones you don't have a personal relationship with. On the phone only makes it worse. I get anxiety over needing to make phone calls to make appointments or change addresses
    AngelaDark AngelaDark 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 31, 2008

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    Phone Awkwardness.

    I absolutely HATE talking on the phone, especially in public places where stand byers eavesdrop on my every boring word. I'm sure they don't give a sh!t about my nerve wrecking phone conversation, but the fact that they have ears is enough to make my palms sweat. I think the...
    LilyLua LilyLua 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 10, 2011

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    Sometimes....

    When I say I feel awkward on the phone it's only with friends I am just getting to know. It's nerve wrecking,but fun.Sometimes a voice could put you to ease.However those moments of silence is like..ummm.I have one friend,we talk about every and anything on the computer,get...
    bellas31 bellas31 31-35, F 5 Responses Dec 21, 2009

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    Not A Phone Person To Strangers

    although i have my mobile on me all the time, i dont use it much to actuallty talk although i do text a lot, i will happily talk to friends but i hate it when i half to make a phone convosation with someone i dont know, even if its to sort a ptoblem out, my mind just goes blank...
    crafterkim crafterkim 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 18, 2012

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    Ummmm...

    I don't like talking on the phone because you can't see theother person's expression. They could be rolling their eyes or mouthing "I hate her, she's so annoying" to their sister or mom or whatever who's in the room with them. Also, I think people sound so much different on the...
    Veronica4 Veronica4 18-21, F Jun 3, 2011

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    I don't talk on the phone often,

    but when I do, I screw up. Big time. I just had to call my mothers nurse to reschedule and before I picked up the phone to dial her number. I was completely calm, cool and collected. I knew what I was going to say and how I was going to say it. Like a boss. But. The moment I...
    SweetKrazyChill SweetKrazyChill 26-30, F 1 Response May 23

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    I Sound Like a Child

    although i'm not complaining. when telemarketers ask to speak to my mom or dad, i simply say they're not home...and i refuse to be the voice of the answering machine message. i sound like a freakin 8 yr old. but hey, apparently i sound cute.....
    antiyou antiyou 26-30, F 5 Responses Feb 27, 2008

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    Too Many

    I find it very difficult to talk on the phone. I can't come up with things to say like I can when the other person is sat in front of me. U can't even talk about your surroundings because they won't know what you're talking about.
    Qeenofsolitude Qeenofsolitude 13-15 Apr 5, 2012

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    Student Finance

    I hate phoning companies because I just know how awkward it is, especially when it's a foreigner answering the phone. Usually, I find it very hard to understand their accent and they also have trouble understanding mine due to my thick common accent so it's very awakward and we...
    BeautyOfSuffering BeautyOfSuffering 22-25, F Feb 27, 2012

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    Funny Faces

    I hate talking on the phone. Most conversations only last 5 minutes before I feel so awkward and have to hang up. The thing that I hate most is not being able to see the person who Im talking to. They could be making funny faces, rolling their eyes or they could be preoccupied...
    FinallyBeingReal FinallyBeingReal 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 11, 2011

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    Don't Call Me, I Won't Call You

    Hello? Hi. Hi... Who is this? It's me. Oh. Hi. Hi. How are you? Fine. OK. Are you doing anything? Like what? I don't know.. what are you up to? Nothing. Oh. What do you want? Just to see how you are. I'm fine. OK. OK. ...I'll talk to you later...
    newmurderer newmurderer 70+ 2 Responses Apr 18, 2010

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    Especially

    Especially if the other person is quiet by nature because I don't talk very much myself. I don't mind listening. It's just uncomfortable when the line goes quiet I feel like I should say something but I don't. Which is pretty often.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Feb 27, 2008

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    Difficult to Explain to People

    When I tell people I have a phobia of using the phone, nobody takes it seriously! It's so bogus. I much prefer text (so you can think of what to say and can take as long as you like saying it) or in person, so you can read body language. The phone offers nothing that I feel...
    Natnie Natnie 22-25, T 3 Responses Jul 19, 2008

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    *shudder*

    I pace. I wear a giant trench in the floor and all I can think about is how stupid my voice sounds. The words never form in my brain because all I can think about is WHAT CAN I SAY TO STOP AN AWKWARD SILENCE. Sentences avalanche to my mouth and crash against my lips. If I try to...
    Girlonwire Girlonwire 18-21, F Jun 1, 2011

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    Eh :/

    i don't really like talking on the phone cuz i'm a very animated talker i make lots of facial expressions and sound effects ^.^ so if were on the phone they can't see these facial expressions! and sound effects on the phone aren't as good. also make lots of gestures :D fun fun
    DarlingAngie DarlingAngie 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 27, 2009

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    Wth Right?

    Hell Yeah! Text me instead! Its irritating and pointless to talk on the phone!
    hoping2live hoping2live 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 29, 2010

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    Don't Do It Well

    I always feel awkward on the phone, especially when I'm the one making the call. First, I'm paranoid that I'm calling at the wrong time and bothering the other person. Then I stumble over my words when I try to get to my point. And the lack of facial expressions and body language...
    the4thfury the4thfury 21-25, F 4 Responses Aug 31, 2007

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    I Have Never Liked the Phone

    When I was little, before the days of caller ID, a lot of people would make obscene and threatening phone calls. I had been taught only that children should respect adults and answer truthfully any questions any adult asked. So... I answered the phone, the man asked me all kinds...
    Aeolosoma Aeolosoma 56-60, F 1 Response Feb 24, 2008

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    Strangest Phobia Ever

    i have an intense fear of awkard silences! i know weirdest phobia ever haha but it means whenever im on the phone im always really scared of the person going silent for even a second, so i end up completely shouting down the phone in their ear like i have hearing problems and...
    thebroog thebroog 18-21 2 Responses Dec 21, 2011

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    The Awkward Silence

    I'm ok with those that are close to me but anyone else and i'm like "erm......" and there's always awkward silences. One time i had to phone my SIL, anyway after much prompting from hubby i called. Things weren't too bad at the start but i soon ran out of things to say...
    Evernight Evernight 31-35, F 19 Responses Dec 22, 2009

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    Very..

    Talking on the phone is always so akward for me.. I never know what to say... and then the conversation always dies and no one says anything.. theres just silence. I really do like talking on the phone but I just find it so difficult to. I rarely talk to people on the phone...
    BrokenAngelWishes BrokenAngelWishes 18-21, F Feb 22, 2010

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    Ugh!

    Like seriously I really hate it! Like when I talk on the phone I cant come up with conversations. It embarrasses me because I start to talk about random stuff that annoys people. I have to have someone start the conversation also because nothing really exiting ever happens so...
    Tatteredheart Tatteredheart 16-17, M 1 Response Jun 3, 2012

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    Always Have

    I rely heavily on body language when I communicate; just listening to someone's words it's really hard for me to fully grasp what they're saying.  Obviously, on the phone I don't have any of those visual cues as to what the other person means. It's really awkward.
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F Sep 10, 2011

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    Always Awkward...

    I find that talking on the phone almost exclusively ends up being awkward. There seems to be this unwritten rule that you can't say everything you want to all at once, and if you want to talk you first have to interrupt the person on the other side of the line by stuttering until...
    Zasa Zasa 18-21, M Oct 1, 2010

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    I'm Afraid To Talk On The Phone

    I have always been afraid to talk on the phone.  I get this kind-of-sick  feeling in my stomach every time I hear the phone ring, and I have always let it ring until someone leaves a message, or not.  I would check the caller ID and see if I know who it is. ...
    MichaelDuMaine MichaelDuMaine 36-40, M 18 Responses Nov 10, 2010

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    Sometimes I Feel Like I Am Having A One Sided Conversation

    It is so unbelievable when I saw this title , I simply add to join the group. You see I love talking, chatting and sharing my experiences with friends, and in turn hearing about theirs. Some of my closest friends like myself have lives replete with drama and twists and turns at...
    andromeda andromeda 36-40, F Feb 4, 2012

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    Everytime

    when they hear not only what I say but what I think, phone conversations are very awkward...
    Jacob1080David Jacob1080David 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 20, 2010

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    Uncomfortable Silence...

    i don't like talking on the phone, unless it's with someone that i don't talk to often and we need to catch up. other than that, i prefer to text. i hate talking on the phone at work. luckily i just started a new position, so my phone hardly rings, but my previous position i was...
    NaNeenah NaNeenah 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 11, 2008

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    Erm. Hello?

    i quit jobs over this. i just dont know where to put myself at all. its become easier over time due to saturation in offices and stuff. but then in personal life too. i never know how to start or end a convo. or what to say in the middle? or if they call to ask for something, i...
    piggygoff piggygoff 21-25, F 1 Response Sep 1, 2007

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    I Can't Stand It!

    I don't know why but I absolutely hate talking on the phone! I only like to talk on the phone if I have something urgent to say but I would much rather talk to whomever in person. I will say though that I love my smart phone that I got for Christmas. I don't use it much for...
    rickstauc1 rickstauc1 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 1, 2011

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    As I Hate My Voice....

    People always say I have an accent and that I don't sound like other people who live in this area. It makes me feel so self conscious as I have heard my voice and I think I sound so horrible and strange. I especially hate talking on the phone. An old school *friend* of mine once...
    Jenni855 Jenni855 26-30, F May 31, 2011

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