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Do you hate personal phonecalls?

Does anyone else hate talking on the phone? Let me state right away that I'm 45, grew up "dialing with a pencil", didn't get a cell phone until the late 90s and adamantly insisted on "just a phone!" cellphones until smartphones took over in the last 6-7 years. I'm not some idiot Millenial who only communicates via Twitter.

But I've grown to hate personal phonecalls, and I notice that most of the people who still call me "just to talk" are elderly, but not all. One good friend my age who lives long distance apparently only wants to keep in touch this way, so once a month I sit through a phone conversation with him for an hour. I do call him half of the time, but I get so bored sitting for an hour, listening to him, talking back and forth. There are both many awkward pauses as well as cell-phone over speak (both talk at the same time and neither can hear), repeating or being asked to repeat, signal breaking up, shouting to be heard, etc. I need to block out an hour in my schedule, ignore my partner, and sit and talk like I'm chained to the phone. It's always wet with ear-sweat by the time we end the call. Just inbox me!

I also have several local friends who use it as a primary means of communication for mundane-type messages that would be easily communicated by text, email or Facebook. A friend asked me to catsit recently and, instead of emailing or texting me the simple instructions, she called me and verbally recited the information. I actually found myself scrambling for pen and paper with a phone crooked between my ear and shoulder. So retro!

Anyone else hate personal phonecalls?

by Anonymousreply 2108/19/2013

Almost as much as I hate knocks on the door, op.

by Anonymousreply 108/19/2013

I got pissed at the phone company in November and put away the phone. Haven't used a phone since and don't miss it.

by Anonymousreply 308/19/2013

Do you all have Asperger's Syndrome?

by Anonymousreply 608/19/2013

I am thrilled when people do NOT call me.

by Anonymousreply 808/19/2013

Working overseas for a few years, I had no phone access so I just got out of the habit of needing any phone. On my parent's wedding anniversary, I contacted them via a short-wave hook-up. It was nice to hear their voices after many months away. Over!

by Anonymousreply 1008/19/2013

You all do realize that, although you are agreeing with each other, that you are exhibiting anti-social behavioral traits, don't you? In this age of technology, HUMAN connections are more important than EVER.

by Anonymousreply 1108/19/2013

R12, the hell it isn't. HEARING a human voice and listening/responding is a much more intimate and connected human way of communicating than with cold typed digits on a keypad passed back and forth. You could be talking to a robot for all you know.

by Anonymousreply 1308/19/2013

I call my parents often, but that's it. All other communication is email or texting.

by Anonymousreply 1608/19/2013


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