Every time you ask a query online, you seem to have to put your mobile number in the contact form. I have tried to get away with not entering it, but the page won’t let you proceed until you do. I was recently enquiring about further education, and contacted around twenty institutions. Imagine, twenty places, all trying to call you, each and every day. I kept missing the calls, and we played tag-team. I pleaded for them to email me the pertinent details, rather than insist on talking to me. I simply didn’t have time for all the calls.
There are many reasons why answering the phone may not be possible.
- You are using your mobile to navigate with Google Maps, and the phone dips out whenever a call comes through.
- You are a migraine or Trigeminal Neuralgia sufferer, and answering the phone during an attack is not possible.
- There is thunder and lightning about. I have had people that I love suffer electrocution during storms, so keep well away from my mobile as soon as the clouds gather!
- The phone is charging in another room, and you forget about it.
- I am early to bed and early to rise, and have programmed my phone not to ring after a certain time of night.
- You are working or studying, and haven’t the time to hold a phone conversation.
- You are driving or otherwise travelling.
- You are at the theatre, cinema or enjoying the arts in any capacity.
- You are spending quality time with your child.
- You need time to relax.
- Calls coming from unscreened numbers make you nervous.
These are just some reasons off of the top of my head! If I didn’t email and text, and spent every day with the phone to my ear, I wouldn’t get anything else done.
Caitlin Fitzsimmons investigated this issue in the Sydney Morning Herald. Do you agree that phone calls are disruptive? Wouldn’t it be easier to text a message, rather than play a tiresome game of tag? I use my mobile to get around the city, take photos, look at my emails, and shoot off a text. What is yours primarily used for?