Say that again

Stop me if you’ve heard me say this before.

I don’t like talking on the phone. I have said it before, but it was just that line. I find I do repeat myself. I wrote a whole post (pictures and edits and everything) before I realized it was on the same topic as another post I had already published. I also compared myself to a lump of clay in that post, which my husband suggested was not that flattering. I digress: I will try not to talk about the same things as I did some other time. Now back to the phone talking.

I will talk on my cell phone if I have to (if it rings), but I prefer not to use our home phone. It’s a strange privacy/comfort/space issue. I don’t know what it is, but talking on our home phone always seems like a chore. I screen phone calls heavily and don’t answer unless I know it is specifically for me. I especially let the dentist go to voice-mail.

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This is an example of the angst caused by the use of a telephone. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I also find talking on my cell phone strange, because it is almost the least private way to communicate with someone. It’s almost as though you’ve invited the whole room to be a part of your conversation, even if they don’t want to be. If the person you are talking to is a loud-talker, then this is especially true. They are forced to eavesdrop and silently have opinions.

Red Rotary dial phone

(Photo credit: Pahz)

I am opposed to having just a cell phone. Friends who have consistent cell reception have gone the money-saving route and given up their land lines in favour of only a cell phone. I understand the rationale behind this; you just have to pay a bit more attention. You have to know where your cell phone is, and you have to remember to charge it. I carry my cell phone with me everywhere like a small lap dog, but would be hard pressed to burden it with the responsibility of handling all the family’s calls. I also have two kids who are cusping on that “chatty” stage of life on the phone.

I ‘don’t leave home without it’ but my phone is also my connection to that trendy Instagramming, and WordPress, my calendar, and my messenging. My little life is bundled up in these tiny wires and anodes, how do you expect me to jeopardize that by actually talking on the thing?

* Do you still have a home phone?

* Do you communicate more by phone or by email/text/FB?

* Do you have friends that you have never spoken to on the phone?

18 thoughts on “Say that again

  1. I eliminated my landline in order to economize, but still sometimes grapple with the reception issue. The man-child responds only to text messages and GF’s text for quick convo’s. Hate FB; don’t really want to find out from social media what my closest friends are up to, let’s talk (over coffee preferably). More than anything I loathe the way people spill the entire drama of their lives talking on their cell phones whilst shopping, waiting in line at the pharmacy or even dining in nice restaurants. Most of all people, don’t talk and text while you are driving.

    • Along with owning a cell phone seems to come a whole host of social (common sense) etiquette that we need to be trained and re-trained on. It’s like when we are given a convenience in our society, we do our best to use it in the worst possible way.

      I like that texting is much faster in a lot of ways and less intrusive. You can’t have full-on discussions, but if I need to know when to pick up kids or if we need bananas it’s simple to find out.

  2. I also hate talking on the phone when I know that other people can hear my conversation – even my family. I usually take the phone to a separate room, even for the most mundane conversations.

    We gave up our land line for a few years but finally got one again for emergency use, figuring it would be difficult to find a cell phone and navigate to the dialing screen during an actual emergency (especially for the kids). Since we haven’t given the number to anyone, when it rings we know that it’s a telemarketer and so we get a bit playful with our response – usually we answer “Louie’s Pizza!”.

    Now that I am attached at the hip to my iPhone, I much prefer texting to talking on the phone. A few years ago I pooh-pooh’d texting but it has the advantage of being able to communicate “privately” with people at both of your convenience.

    So. Let’s chat! I’ll call you… 😉

    • Yes, the cell phone emergency use coverage is a tricky one. We have a land line but it’s not with the usual big-boy providers, so we actually get routed to a different service, which will then locate our local emergency provider and direct our call there. Not sure how efficient this is an emergency.
      iPhone too, so if you want to send me your # we could text. If you call, I (obviously) likely won’t answer.

  3. We still have the home phone, though I think it is a waste of moeny. We only answer calls from people/numbers that we know and it seems we get very few of those. I spend more time texting w/ the kids than I do speaking on the phone w/ them. That’s just how they roll.

    • I think you are rolling like most people do. Now with call display and the proliferation of telemarketers, it seems no one answers their phone these days.
      I also think most people text because it’s instant and less intrusive.

  4. We gave up our home phone years ago. I’m also not a phone person, and I never have been. It bothers me to no end when people talk on their cell phones while shopping. So rude. No one wants to hear all of that in public. I much prefer texting. It’s faster and easier.

    • I thought of you when I wrote this post!
      I also am much more a fan of txting than talking, though that also has its hazards. The other day I was running and was almost taken out by a girl texting with her head down and holding an umbrella.

  5. I hate talking on the phone and often don’t answer it. For me, texting or emailing is my mode of conversation when it can’t be in person. I have a good friend, and we’ve been close friends for well over a year and I talked to him for the first time on the phone just a couple of weeks ago. All of our communication (other than face to face) is via text.

    • I find texting faster and almost more personal. Plus you can do a lot more in between texts (unload dishwater, feed cat, etc). I suppose you could do some of these things while on the phone as well, but then it’s like you are wandering around the house inviting everyone to join in on the conversation. I think it’s more the norm now, and there are no longer those 3 hour conversations about nothing. Now we just pay crazy prices per text.

  6. I’m in agreement with you, kid. I hate talking on the phone and will only do so if I have to. And yes, I too have fallen in-line with those who have ixnayed their land line and as a result, when I move through my house, I have to remember to take my phone with me. 😐

  7. Holy cow, I HATE talking on the phone. I have caller-ID and there are only about 5 or 6 people in my life (besides doctors etc) who I’ll pick up for. Everyone pretty much knows this though and I do most of my communicating via text, which means as much as I hate the phone, I’m also totally reliant on it/attached to it, like it’s another body part or something.

    I do have a land line, but it’s mostly for emergencies. If you have to call 911 and are unable to speak but the line is connected they can trace your location – I believe that’s harder to do with a cell phone. I also have a phone with a cord in addition to a cordless, so that way I can still use it in case the electricity goes out and I can’t charge my cell. (Can you tell my mom made me get the land line? :P)

      • They really are! I’m sure I’ll be the same way once I have kids!
        My mom only recently started texting and she has a really old cell phone so it’s not a common occurrence, but now she wants a smartphone, so I’m sure I’ll be getting a lot more messages from her soon 😛

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