Who's Gonna Get It?

I was raised in a home which required us to pick up the phone each and every time it rang. In fact, we really didn't have a choice. There was no "caller ID," which meant you couldn't be tipped off or mentally prepared to chat with whoever was on the other end of the line. So, we would pick up the phone and hope for the best!

Then, once I moved into my own place, I realized something. I realized that I had options. So, I almost NEVER picked up that phone. I drove my *** over to Best Buy and got myself a quality piece of machinery. It was something to be discovered even before caller ID existed, it was called the "answering machine." You can just let the call ring through to allow the person to leave a message, or not. After a brief message, you would be able to decide whether or not you're going to get back to them. It was quite a valuable invention, in my opinion.

Caller ID, though, is far better. In fact, nowadays, I rarely pick up the phone. I'd say I answer about 10%-15% of the incoming calls that I receive.
HeyitsRich HeyitsRich
36-40, M
6 Responses Mar 25, 2011

I almost always let my answering machine pick up the calls that come on the house phone. I generally answer my cell phone, however.

Ahh... So THAT was why you didn't answer when I called :P

I would do that but if I don't answer some calls, then they ***** at me when I see them next. Not fond of bitchy guilt-trips.

Only 10%-15% ? Wow, I should know what kinds of calls you answer. I want my calls answered ! teehee^^

Once in a while I'll screen my calls via the answering machine. I don't have caller ID. If they don't leave a message then I guess it wasn't that important. Sometimes when I answer the phone the person on the other end (usually a telemarketer or survey taker) asks to speak to me and if I don't want to deal with them I'll say I'm not there.

sounds like what i did, except my answering percent now is a little higher.