Sunday, August 29, 2010

Phone Phobic

I hate talking on the phone. Hate it. Despise it. If it rings, I most likely will not answer it. You can leave a message, but I probably won't listen to it. My husband will see the light flashing on the machine and listen.
"You have 17 new messages," the stupid thing will announce.
"Do you ever check this?" my husband asks.
"Um...sometimes?"
He sighs and checks the messages. I'm pretty sure he didn't realize how neurotic I was when he married me.

I looked it up and found out that it's called telephobia. It's actual real thing. I'm not afraid of the phone, I'm well aware that it won't strangle me while I sleep (at least now, since it's cordless), but that doesn't make me like it anymore. It's always been like that...even in high school. I was never one of those teen girls that would spend hours on the phone. (Except to my boyfriend. But that was different. We couldn't bear to be away from each other for more than a few hours, so we had to talk often, to ease the pain.) I read the common reasons people are telephobic, but I don't know if they necessarily fit. I'm perfectly capable of being ridiculed and misunderstood while not on the phone. If anything, I think I come across less of a freak on the phone than I do in person. I just hate it.

                Bad things can happen when you're on the phone.

I would much prefer to email, or write a letter, or use smoke signals. Just because I don't call you back doesn't mean I don't love you.

25 comments:

Tracie said...

I prefer e-mail over talking on the phone. I tend to ramble on and forget what I'm talking about.

singedwingangel said...

lmbo I am not a phone fan either.. But I like Skype and email and twitter and fb .. all of those I love

Mrs. Muffins said...

Can I just copy and paste this into my own blog? I'm kidding but I'm just like that... I HATE talking on the phone. *shudder*

Raising Madison said...

its weird because none of those reasons really apply to me either but I really hate talking on the phone. For me a lot of it is that I like to talk to people on my own terms. I will usually let someone leave me a message and I'll decide if/when to talk to them. It is just kinda my thing. So weird. The only people I don't mind talking to are my husband, my parents & my sisters.

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Brian Miller said...

not a huge fan of the phone either though i spent entirely too much time on it with work...

Tractor Mom said...

Texting was invited by a telephobic. They didn't like talking on the phone either...

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KellyGrrl said...

Oooh... I hate talking on the phone too... I can handle about 2 minutes or so before I really have to hang up....

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

OMG, I could have written this post word for word!!! Glad to know I'm not the only phone freak out there. :)

Molly said...

I despise the phone. Luckily, my husband loves it. Although, when he's gabbing away, when I finally find a mindless chick flick to watch on the television, he's done gabbing. ugh.

Unknown Mami said...

I do not answer the phone or check my messages either. I am notorious for not calling people back. I just don't enjoy the phone. I find it intrusive.

3LittleMonkeys said...

Totally! I only like using the phone to text!

Widge said...

haha so the same!

Janie B said...

I prefer email to the phone. I don't like small talk or trying to fill in blank spaces.

Little Miss Can't Be Wrong said...

i love talking on the phone... to the people that i love.

but to all others, who may/may not annoy the bejesus out of me... carrier pigeon sounds just my speed!!

Joy said...

Ditto. I'm always in trouble for never answering my phone.

Coffeypot said...

Going over all those reasons I realized they are pretty much why I like to talk on the phone. It adds to my life experiences. Even the stupid stuff - which I am very capable of.

Amo said...

I will answer my phone, but I don't want to talk for long. And I never call people to just chat. I hate that. And if someone calls me without a reason and they just want to chat, I hate that, too. If I talk on the phone, it is for a purpose - information, a question, etc. That's it. Texting is my friend.

Amo said...

I will answer my phone, but I don't want to talk for long. And I never call people to just chat. I hate that. And if someone calls me without a reason and they just want to chat, I hate that, too. If I talk on the phone, it is for a purpose - information, a question, etc. That's it. Texting is my friend.

blueviolet said...

I used to really like it, but with the advent of email and now texting, I don't enjoy the time killer of the phone anymore! I'd rather sum it up quick and be done.

The Blonde Duck said...

I hate trying to find my phone and then having to call people back.

Kristy said...

I am the same way. I am really bad. I have no land line, no answering machine. I have a cell phone, but I keep it set on vibrate and stuck in my purse somewhere so it is a rarity that I ever hear it. If I have voicemail on my cell, rather than listen to it, I just check my "missed calls" list. It drives my friends nuts. I don't like talking on the phone.

AmyLK said...

I don't answer my home phone either but only because anyone I know will call my cell. So if the house phone is ringing its not for me!

Amber Page Writes said...

I am the exact same way. And now I know why! Well, sort of.

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

I loved talking on the phone ... that is until I became a mom. Now I loathe and despise it. Mostly because all my conversations involve hysterical screaming in the background while I pretend to listen and apologize profusely and try not to go insane. I don't think there is anything wrong with telephobia. Not at all.

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