14. You screen all your calls — even from friends.
The phone rings. The first wave of feeling comes over you – anxiety. Then quickly to the second wave – annoyance.
Every phone call, I go through that.
Why do I hate the phone so much? I don’t get many calls, which is a relief, but when I do I just hate it.
We got rid of our landline phone years ago, which was a blessing, because landline phones seem to bring in mostly junk calls – telemarketers, politicians, etc. I do not envy those who are complaining about the amount of annoyance calls they get during the day (and now, well into the evening!). That doesn’t fly with this girl.
So, I have my cell. I think the greatest feature of a cell phone is being able to pick and choose ringtones for each and every contact on your list. And do I ever take advantage of it!
The upside to that is the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when that certain ringtone is heard when those you want to call actually do. If those calls ever go to voicemail, it’s because I wasn’t around to get the call.
Then there are those other ringtones that you know, but don’t necessarily want to talk right away. Those calls usually get a good eye roll. Sometimes I answer, sometimes I let it go.
Then, there’s my default ringtone. Anxiety and annoyance. Every time! Those don’t even get to ring the whole time – DECLINE! LOL!
Do any of my fellow introverts out there use the crap out of their blocked number features or apps that make it easy to keep calls from coming through? My favorite is Mr. Number. This cute little app is so great – it’s has a running database that can help determine if a number is legit or if it’s a scam. You wouldn’t believe how many scam numbers get through to people. With one little click, I can have my phone go to voicemail or simply disconnect the call each time that number calls me. It’s a dream come true!
I get a lot of phone calls where I know the person, but I don’t like to be caught off-guard with the topic, so I hope and pray they give me some insight as to why they are calling in their voice message. Voicemails I hate the most? “Give me a call back, I have some questions for you.” Aaaaaaaah!!
In the meantime, don’t be offended if your call to me goes straight to voicemail. It’s just who I am. 😉 If you’re someone I know, I will call you back…just as soon as my arrhythmia settles a bit. 😀
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