Hello, hello, hello… are you there?
Excuses for not answering a cell phone call:
- Call dropped!
- I'm in a bad area.
- Traffic is heavy.
- Couldn't get to the phone.
- I lost my phone!
- Left the phone in the car.
- Had to let it go to voice mail.
- I was driving.
- Couldn't find my phone.
- Was in a meeting.
- Couldn't talk at the moment.
- In the shower.
- Didn't have a Bluetooth, close to a police officer.
- AT&T (any carrier) must be trippin.
- Your number showed up private.
- I was sick.
- I was outside and didn't take my phone.
- I was getting dressed.
- Didn't have any juice (battery dead or dying)
- Didn't hear the ring.
- At the movie.
Those are excuses (small white lies) we tell when we don't want to answer a cell phone call. It's deliberate! When we hear the ring or the vibration from the phone, we see the caller ID, probably sigh because we know we should answer but decide not to answer. Eventually, the call goes to voicemail. When we talk with the caller sometime in the future, we have the say why we didn't answer, we're going to give - maybe Excuse #9, perhaps #8 as to why we didn't answer. How irritating! Listen, we know when we allow the phone to ring for a long period of time that means you are 90% aware of the call, looked at caller ID, and refused to pick up; because if your phone were turned off, it would go straight to voicemail on the first ring. Right, Um huh! Pretty much everyone with a cell phone has heard one or more of those excuses. It is not a crime to pick up the phone and say, "I can't talk right now, can I call you back?" Or, send a text message saying "I'll call you back." We all know that if the phone immediately rings without going to voicemail, you, mostly likely have watched my name and allowed me to go to voicemail.
Research shows that most ignored phone calls are from family members and friends. But still, it's just plain o' rude, to know that your family or friend is calling, and you ignore the call. What if the call were important, or urgent? What if someone needs you right away? What if? Will you regret after? Worse, some calls are never returned.
It certainly is irritating when you try to reach someone for an important reason and that person deliberately decides not to pick up. I'm just as guilty at times and when it's done to me; I don't like it. I'm going to do better. Truth is you get used to certain people who refuse to answer their calls most of the time. Their cell phone is used one way to call out because they won't answer.
FINAL THOUGHT: BTW, hope you didn't miss a huge opportunity by not answering or acknowledging a call. Hope a member of your family didn't urgently need you, maybe not answering you’re too late! Think about it, you never know what any day brings. Try to acknowledge by a quick pick up and if that's impossible send a text right away. Cell phones today you can do multiple things, including texting while talking. AND, if I have to leave a voicemail can you please shorten your message, so I don't have to listen to 5 minutes of music, long conversation, prayer, heavy breathing, what going on in your life and "plum" BS. This blurb says it all.
"If I reach your voicemail, don’t you think I already know you can’t take my call right now and want me to leave my name, number, and a brief message? Do you need to waste my time telling me that? The whole process of leaving a message to begin with is too long. The last thing I want when I finally reach your personal greeting is a lengthy description of what you want me to do. We’ve been using cell phones long enough to know the drill. Just as you want my message to be brief, so too do I want you to keep your personal greeting short." Digital Media Wire