I Hate Talking On the Phone

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 560 People

    Especially If I Don'T Know You Well

    In today's world I'd rather do one of three things: email, text, or Skype/FaceTime. When people go,"Hey I'll call you!" I cringe. There are some people I can talk to on the phone without it being a big deal, my dad, my siblings, a close friend or boyfriend but everyone else it is...
    JustAnotherGirl12 JustAnotherGirl12
    26-30, F
    Mar 20, 2013

    Customer Service Lackey

    I've worked in customer service for over 10 years. My whole adult life so far has been dedicated to trying to make people happy. I currently work in a callcenter, I've been doing phone work for 5 of those 10+ years, and now I barely like talking to the people I love. I'm horrible...
    20Eighty 20Eighty
    26-30, F
    Jan 5, 2013

    Making phone calls is the worst

    for me. Why is it so hard to try to make a simple phone call.
    trayomis trayomis
    31-35, F
    Dec 11, 2014

    Simply Cannot Stand It

    I hate talking on the phone. To anybody, whether it's mom or best friend or work related- anybody. Every time I need to make a call or answer my cellphone, it's soooo dreadful- do it only because I have to. I wish it was different, because people get offended and upset with me. I...
    sistert sistert
    1 Response Sep 20, 2012

    If you text me and I reply,

    don't call me. I saw your message and replied. I don't want to talk in the phone. On the other hand, if you call me and I don't reply, don't keep calling me. Text me. I don't know what part of I hate talking in the phone people don't get. I only have this phone for emergencies...
    SocialHermit SocialHermit
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jun 3, 2015

    I hate being on the phone with someone who's

    keeps giving me 1 or 2 answer words.
    lorrena19 lorrena19
    22-25, F
    Feb 26, 2015

    Thought It Was Just Me!

    I don't mind taking calls, but making them is horrid.  Even if the person is someone I'm close to and known for years I still will hesitate to pick up the phone.  Thinking of calling someone I don't know very well makes me feel queasy and almost-panicy.  But ya...
    MossAgate MossAgate
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jul 16, 2010

    I don't hate talking on the phone

    but I hate doing it for an extensive amount of time. It makes my ear get really hot and I heard you can get cancer from that anyways
    Raptax231 Raptax231
    22-25, M
    Sep 25, 2014


    i find it so awkward to talk on the phone. i don't even know why. i generally only talk to my close friends and family on a daily basis. when anyone i don't know that well calls just to chat, it's just so awkward. i never know what to say to them. i'm usually not bad at making...
    elisehii elisehii
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 19, 2008

    I avoid it at all costs.

    I get anxious when I know I have to make a phone call,
    rahbruhn rahbruhn
    31-35, F
    1 Response Apr 25, 2014

    I'm a Texter, Not a Talker.

    I dread talking on the phone. I don't like it because i hate awkward silences. There is only two people who i can talk with on the phone for hours on end. So it is wise to never ask me to call you, because i will more than likely give you a reason why i cant! >;D hahah
    freshfrika freshfrika
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 21, 2009

    For 5-10 Mins It Is Fine!

    If the person on the other side extends the discussion beyond that I start losing it! I feel like an idiot wasting time and thousand things I didn't have time for,keep coming in my head-! And then abruptly. I say- hey I'll call you later and drop the call! One exception is if...
    tenderfoot1 tenderfoot1
    22-25, F
    Dec 19, 2008

    Chit Chat

    Unless people are ringing for a specific purpose then I hate talking to them. If they just want to say hey how you doing then but don't keep me for hours PLEASE!!!! Say what you have to say and then say goodbye. It really gets to me sometimes, I'd much rather talk face to face. I...
    31-35, F
    1 Response Oct 14, 2007

    I just get so scared each time I have to speak

    to anyone on the phone that immediately get a panic attack. Yesterday I had to make a phone call to one of our partners to negotiate the price down. As I'm fairly new at the company the first question he asked was about my job role... and I froze. I was so preoccupied with my...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 13, 2014

    It Is Almost A Phobia. . .

    That's how much I hate talking on the phone.  I find it very draining.  And I have to do it as part of my work.  Using a headset helps some, but even with that I get drained by it.  I don't remember always feeling this way (at least not to this degree).  ...
    EvesHarvest EvesHarvest
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Oct 13, 2009

    I don't like it, I stutter

    and it's weird because you're talking to a person but not really. It's just weird
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot
    18-21, F
    Nov 4, 2014

    I'm just not big on phone calls

    and when people call me they get pissed because I sometimes don't answer. I'm sorry I am shy and I just prefer talking via text especially when meeting new people. is that so wrong? !
    deleted deleted
    Jan 21, 2015

    Dont Call Me I Will Call You....

    Talking on the phone had never been an issue before with me.  At one time I would spend hours on the phone mostly talking to my sister in law as we were both stay at home moms.  All of that chnged 6 years ago when I became a collector. Due to financial issues I needed...
    turkstragal turkstragal
    3 Responses Aug 7, 2009

    Hate It!!!!

    I really hate talking on the phone, I can text but I can't talk on my phone it irratates me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    QuilTheAnimal QuilTheAnimal
    13-15, F
    Aug 12, 2012

    I Do But Not Completely

    I hate talking for the most part especally to new ppl ive never met (met online), i dont even really like talking to my dad or aunts on the phone. i can talk to my cousin or one of my really good friends for 5 hours solid. heck i talked to one friend from about 9:30pm to 7am the...
    ttlisaof2 ttlisaof2
    31-35, F
    Jan 8, 2012

    Some Weird Phobic Thing.

    I don't know what it is, but I've always been this way. It's kind of a shame because, in my "hey day" (or however you spell that...) I've been told multiple times that my voice is uhhhmm, alluring?! I just hate talking on the phone. Of course, after a few phone calls with the...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jul 30, 2013

    I lost a lot of friends due to this,

    but I honestly cannot help it! I ignore calls for weeks, and if I respond, it'd be on a whim. I'm a terrible person.
    Puresadness Puresadness
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 27, 2015

    I know it seems typical,

    the whole "id rather text" stuff, but that's not it. I WOULD rather talk on the phone, I just can't.. It's almost like I have an anxiety attack just thinking about talking on the phone, and idk why? Even talking to family members is bad.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jun 21, 2015

    i CANT call or answer the phone.

    i just cant. it freaks me out that i have to talk to some stranger. i cant order a pizza. i cant call a store asking for their hours. i cant answer the phone if it's somone i dont know.
    TheCroissant TheCroissant
    18-21, M
    Sep 8, 2015
    FedUpTeen FedUpTeen
    18-21, M
    May 28, 2014

    It irritates me but if I can't get a point

    across over text then you better pick up your phone.
    MixedJayy MixedJayy
    18-21, F
    Apr 9, 2014

    So much that I try to make excuses to myself

    for why I didn't answer lol. I hate the awkward silence on the phone when there is nothing more to say, so I end up blurting out something stupid or saying "what?" though I heard every word. Phone Calls Give. Me. Anxiety. What is wrong with me??
    KAntoinette KAntoinette
    22-25, F
    Jun 13, 2014


    How can I tell my friends that I HATE TALKING ON THE PHONE??? I don't mind it at all at work since I'm a receptionist, but my friends will TALK my ear off....and everytime I send them a text...they think I want them to call me!! WTF?? Can you plz help?!
    PumpkinPie88 PumpkinPie88
    22-25, F
    Oct 8, 2008

    I Can't Stand Phones!!

    Most of the people in my life don't understand that I just don't like talking on the phone.  I would rather talk to people in person, by email, or by regular mail than on the phone.  I am not sure why--I've just always been that way.  The phone seems like such an...
    violetmoon violetmoon
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jun 8, 2010

    I have to be on the phone all day at work,

    so I much rather txt unless I can video call someone and see their face as we talk!
    Centalcoastlady Centalcoastlady
    46-50, F
    May 1, 2015

    Whinging Is What I Do Best :)

    Firstly, I hate my voice on the phone. I hate my voice in general, but on the phone it's even worse. It sounds fluffy and coarse like a scourer. Everyone gets mistaken for other people - "Oh hi Bob...oh sorry! Thought you were your dad!" type thing, but I hate the way...
    temporaryhappiness temporaryhappiness
    18-21, F
    Aug 14, 2009

    Not Quite True - I Get Really Nervous When I Have To Make A Call

    I rarely phone friends - I will text or email and try to meet up in person (not so easy when some live all round the country). Anyway, if I decide I need to phone someone, I get really nervous. It could be a friend I've known for 30 years, it could be my own brother - I get...
    QuietGirl78 QuietGirl78
    41-45, F
    Mar 30, 2012

    I really hate it. I only talk to my family on

    the phone! This person I've been talking to via text (haven't met him yet) wants to talk on the phone. I ignore his calls I feel bad but I really hate talking on the phone! I told him that yet he still wants to talk on the phone. It's so awkward!!
    balletlover21 balletlover21
    22-25, F
    Mar 21, 2014

    I get really anxious

    so I end up stuttering and making no sense.
    Ruinsky Ruinsky
    18-21, M
    Jul 20, 2015

    I Don't Have A Clue Why.

    I hate talking on the phone. I've just always have. It's not like I have a bad memory or a bad experience. My main objective when I'm on the phone is to get off the phone. I'm not responsive at all. I'll listen to what you have to say and answer your questions in the fewest words...
    LoversEnd LoversEnd
    18-21, F
    May 14, 2012
    TheAverageIdiot TheAverageIdiot
    18-21, M
    4 Responses May 24, 2014

    Is anyone else just really awkward

    and nervous when u actually have to talk to someone on the phone? Really nerve wrecking
    deleted deleted
    Jul 28, 2015

    I Think I Have Phonephobia! D:

    It's easy for everyone but not me. I don't know how I got this phobia but every time the phone rings, (if it's for me or someone) I just with cover my ears, listening to music or just ignore it; which is a BAD thing. And worst if all, when I started talking, I either made a long...
    Trisha272845 Trisha272845
    22-25, F
    Nov 17, 2013


    It's so strange how things change.When I was a teen and even into my early twenties, I was glued to my phone.My parents would fuss at me all the time for being on the phone so much and for long.However, somewhere in between then and now, that changed.Now, I just do NOT like...
    ItsJustMe888 ItsJustMe888
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jul 24, 2012

    I find it so weird when people don't say "bye"

    at the end of a phone convorsation. My boss usually doesn't, and he just called me. I didn't say "bye" when I hung up, and I now I feel like an ******* lol.
    Rosaalie Rosaalie
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Mar 14, 2015

    I Hate Answering Phones

    i hate answering the phones at worksame when were having internship before...They tell us...." you answer the phone calls cause you will be call center agents when you graduate".....we laugh...Okh,,,we are always practicing our communication skills  on phone everytime phone...
    friendlycat friendlycat
    26-30, F
    2 Responses May 21, 2011

    That's is just one thing

    that is hard for me to do... but I am trying to do it more
    sisi19 sisi19
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 7, 2014

    I so much prefer texting,

    but everyone wants to call me. Stop calling me, people!
    ElusiveQueen ElusiveQueen
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Dec 11, 2014

    It's Uncomfortable

    I'm not the most talkative person out there. When having a conversation with someone I normally just sit there and listen while nodding my head. When you are in a phone call you are stuck there with there person blabbing and blabbing in your ear. Then there are those awkward...
    RoastofRump RoastofRump
    18-21, F
    2 Responses May 23, 2011
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