Stop telephoning me!

blue light dior mazette lipstick rouge swedish love affairToday I’m doing interviews for my project. Luckily, some of them can be done by phone! By the way, I recently discovered that many people are uncomfortable and nervous about speaking on the phone. For example, they avoid calling people they don’t know, or even their dentist, or hairdresser. I have a friend who never calls and always prefers texting. Some people don’t even like to pick up when it’s ringing. I was surprised to find out, but it’s actually a common phenomenon.

And now I’m interested, do you feel uncomfortable speaking on the phone?

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13 Responses to Stop telephoning me!

  1. Patricia says:

    I’m used to dealing with businesses on the phone, so that’s not a problem for me. I call family all of the time, if I’m not able to see them, or just to keep in touch. And, texting, I try and keep to a minimum, if/when possible. That being said, sometimes I can be anti-social and do find the ringing phone annoying. I think that it’s situational. I know some people who don’t like the phone, and others that love it.

  2. Leia says:

    When I was little, I was always on “phone duty.” My brothers hated talking on the phone, so they used to make me call up their friends and arrange play dates (haha). My parents used to treat me like a mini secretary and take messages for them. I was fine with it as a child, but now I find it uncomfortable talking on the phone and I avoid it when I can. When I do make calls, I prefer to make the conversation short and sweet, get to the point and hang up. I hate long phone calls!

  3. Sasha says:

    Ja privykla, chasto ili ja zonju patsientam ili oni mne, byvaet nuzhno zonit’ ih lechashim vracham.. Kogda ja off-duty, togda byvaet na mobil’nik ne otvechaju, proto hochetsja otdohnut’ ;)

  4. Rachel says:

    I can do it, talking on the phone to people I don’t know, but I’d actually rather not and do prefer emailing and texting! Also, I don’t have a voicemail or answer phone on my Blackberry so if someone really wants to contact me they’ll try again, text or email. I don’t call back unknown numbers.

    All that being said I don’t mind writings Apple support or similar call centres if somethings broken, because either if its Apple they’re really friendly and anyone else I know I’m going to have to get angry. And for some reason that makes me not mind calling.

  5. Melissa says:

    I used to be nervous on telephone, but a few years ago I worked at a telemarketing company so now it does not bother me as much. Only if I telephone someone I’m attracted to, I’ll get that nervousness. I think calls are definitely easier than SMS

  6. Sophia says:

    I used to be just like your friend, I had a really hard time talking on the phone. I actually felt faint whenever I had to call for example my dentist to make an appointment.
    But then I got a job where I had to make like a hundred calls a day, and I got over my fears! So if anyone has these issues, my top tip is to just force yourself to do it. It will be less and less hard every time.
    I’m still curious about why I was so nervous about telephone calls. I think it was something about not seeing the person I was speaking to and not being able to see their reactions to the conversation.
    Stunning photo by the way=)

  7. Naomi says:

    I actually have to do telesales as a part of my job, and I think that once you learn how to do that, any other kind of call becomes pretty easy! Sometimes I get flustered and mess up entirely, but that’s usually when I’m confronted with an answer machine! I have a ‘phone voice’ though, does anyone else?

  8. Anaïs says:

    I didn’t know this was a common phenomenon! I used to really hate and fear making calls, but that went away when puberty ended.
    Actually, now I’d rather call someone I don’t know, like the doctor, than someone I do know … strange, I know! I think I’m afraid of the awkward silences that could pop up (whereas when you call for doctors appointment, you say what you have to say and you hang up), and I’m not very comfortable with not being able to see the person you’re talking to.

  9. Amy says:

    I tend to look at phoning/texting in terms of time. Life is short- texting takes much less time usually. It’s not a fear for me, just time management. Also, I’m a kindergarten teacher, so I can usually send or receive a quick text during breaks, but again, the talking requires more time.

  10. Ronette says:

    jag drar mig verkligen för att ringa, och svara brukar jag bara göra om jag vet vem det är haha. en fruktansvärt pinsam ovana egentligen, men jag får väl försöka träna eller något

  11. Styleabaad says:

    Yes! So funny you’re mentioning this – but I hate talking on the phone and much more prefer to drop by and talk to someone in person (if possible!) And I always make people make calls for me… so strange and I don’t know where this comes from because I’m a really social person who loves talking (in general, ha ha!).

  12. Manderz says:

    I am not a fan of the phone. I will sooner text someone than call them. Even if it takes 3x as long to make plans! And calling someone I don’t know (outside of work) is never fun. Jason and I fight over who’s unlucky enough to call for pizza delivery.

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