There is something I have not understood since the dawn of the cell phone. Today I am mystified by the absolute obligation people feel like they have towards a phone.
You see, when I was young, we didn’t have caller id, call waiting, 3-way calling, or text messaging. When you called someone you either heard a ring or you listened to a busy tone. That was it, those were the options. Oh, answering machines came along somewhere in the midst of all of that and occasionally you talked to an answering machine.
Back in the day you had people who were obsessed with screening their calls through the answering machine due to the fear of having to talk to *gasp* a telemarketer. Today, we screen calls through Caller I.D. I don’t know about you, but the odds are if I don’t know the number I don’t answer the phone. Period. Occasionally I will, but overall, you get a big fat nada if you call me and I don’t know the number.
However, there are the OTHER types of cell phone users that I don’t understand. These are the people who will answer their phones at ALL COSTS. You could be sitting down at a romantic dinner, and if that phone rings, by damn they will answer it. Having girls night? Phone gets answered. Sex? I have known people to actually get up DURING sex and answer the phone. Not foreplay…sex. Using the bathroom at the mall? HEY don’t forget to answer your phone. I’m sure whatever it is can’t wait until you are done wiping, fluffing, and washing your hands.
Not to mention the rudest of the rude people. These are the people who come into a business expecting to be waited on, and leave the people serving them sitting there waiting for the customer to get off the phone. I assure you if you come to MY window at my office with a phone attached to your ear, I will have absolutely NO PROBLEM interrupting your phone conversation. If you refuse to allow me to interrupt, I will shut the window in your face until you are finished with your call. When I worked in a coffee shop and people did that to me, I walked away from the register until they finished their call, and if they were first in line, I would allow people behind them to cut in front. To all of the people listed above, I have a question:
Why do you feel so obligated to your phone?
This is how I feel about it. I pay for my phone. I use a cell phone and do not have a house phone. I purchase my minutes every month when I pay the bill. Therefore I am under no obligation to answer my phone. Ever. I pay for my phone for MY convenience and not the convenience of the people who call me.
Don’t get me wrong, if someone calls, I usually try to call them back if I don’t answer the call. However, I don’t feel guilty for not answering. If I am getting help from a Customer Service person and my phone rings, I silence it and continue with my business. I am simple not that attached to my phone.
Why do you think some people feel required to answer their phones?