Phone Haters, Unite!

3 comments March 11th, 2008at 07:27am Posted by Eli

Wow, good to know it’s not just me:

Megan Hustan bemoans the decline of the phone call as a tool of business. Apparently she learned vital skills while eavesdropping and first made a mark for herself as a placer-of-phone-calls for her boss. Personally, I couldn’t be more thrilled with the phone’s decline. I used to be painfully shy as a person, and while I’ve largely gotten over that IRL I still find it incredibly stressful to talk to people on the phone.

Instead, I email. I SMS. I blog. I Twitter. I write on Facebook wall pages. I use IM and GChat constantly. Anything but the phone. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way, and in the years to come we phone-haters will inherit the earth. I call it progress.

By way of Atrios, who says:

I think I enjoyed chatting with girls when I was 13 or so, but since then I’ve pretty much hated the phone.

I dunno what happened. I used to really like talking on the phone, I’ve had phone conversations that have lasted, 4-8 hours (memory’s hazy, but it was some ungodly length of time like that), but now I start squirming to escape within a few minutes. It’s like my hatred for cellphones has bled over into my attitude towards regular phones.

Some of the comments to Yglesias’ post really ring true (so to speak), especially the ones about how you can deal with e-mails at your own pace, but the phone is kind of peremptory and demands that you drop whatever you’re doing and deal with it.

My own personal pet peeve: People who leave voicemails asking me to call them back, without giving the slightest hint as to what it’s about. I mean, how hard could it be?

I find phones useful for coordinating logistics, and sometimes you do need real-time interaction to hammer something out quickly and nip misunderstandings and verbal dead-ends in the bud, but for the most part I just find them irritating. I guess I’m just a creature of the digital age.

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  • 1. bill  |  March 11th, 2008 at 8:40 am

    I get really irritated by phone messages left on my cell phone. The phone will tell me who called, and when. Having to endure the guantlet of Verizon voice mail is never worth the typical “Hi, I’ll try your landline” message, or worse, the “Hi, its me”

  • 2. Donna  |  March 13th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    I hate the phone too and was happy to get our first answering machine to screen calls. I just don’t know how to end a call without being rude and saying, “Ok I’m done and I want to hang up now.” So instead I lie and make up something, “Excuse me, Mormons at the door. Gotta go get that!”

  • 3. Azul  |  April 4th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I hate taling on the hone,. i don’t like phones.. i use them only for emergencies witch it is almost never.

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