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Friday, 30 September 2011

The reason why I hate phone calls

Imagine two different possible scenarios:

Scenario 1: K. wants to play, J. wants to eat. Both girls are screaming. I am trying to meet their respective needs and get really stressed out because there is the two of them, and only one of me.  So I am never fast enough which results in even more screaming. And lo and behold, this is the perfect moment for a phone call! Ring, ring, goes our phone. I hope it's nothing of importance and ignore the ringing. But at some point, it becomes unbearable. They call again, and again. I can't bear it anymore and answer. I am not really present, I hear nothing, I have no idea what is being said to me. Not really what you might call a friendly phone call.

Scenario 2: K. is in her daycare, J. is sleeping. At last, I have time for myself. I want to relax. I make myself some tea, and take the book that I have been trying to read. I find myself a nice spot on our sofa, and start reading. Such peace and quiet, such an exciting story, but no! Somebody decided that they're going to call me at this very moment! I think that maybe this is important. Maybe K. is sick and I have to pick her up. Maybe they're calling to hire me.  Maybe it's a friend who wants to meet for lunch or coffee. Something important so I pick up the phone, but it's not. Again I am angry that somebody is calling me in the middle of my book when it doesn't happen often that I can read a book, all by myself. But it won't happen now, either because the phone is ringing. 

The phone, that's the thing. I don't like it. I get stressed when it rings, I don't like it that I am not able to see the face of the person I am talking to. I get stressed out by the fact that I don't have the time to think of a suitable answer. Somehow, the phone was not made for me. I prefer either meeting a person face-to-face, or electronic communication via emails or chats. 

The telephone can be a perfect tool if you want something done fast without leaving the house. I can also always be reached via mobile phone if it's important. The clue is "important". If it is not important, it can be dealt with per email, or it can wait. I usually don't call to make polite conversation. Phone calls are for special occasions. And yes, "Would you like to meet for a coffee" is an important occasion!

There are people who like phone calls, but I am not one of them. I prefer other means of communication. Emails, chats and text messages are easier, and more pleasant.  Anybody out there who hates phone calls?
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