Do You Do Phone?

I’m not a phone person.  As in, I don’t find enjoyment spending time chatting on the phone.  It’s a trait I inherited from my mom – she’s not a phone person either.  Something that isn’t all that conducive to keeping in touch with friends and family thousands of miles away – particularly those that aren’t email or text people. 

I like to multitask, often doing more than two things at once, and for some reason when I’m on the phone I can’t accomplish other things (well I can, but then I’m distracted and am not giving my to whomever is on the other end of the phone and that’s just rude) so to me, talking on the phone wastes time.

Well, OK, not specifically wasteful, because it’s not a waste to connect with friends and family.  It’s just if I get caught up in a particularly lengthy phone conversation, other things simply can’t get done.  It’s not uncommon for me to be on the phone for two or three hours when talking with my sister or my aunt.  I wonder if I did spend more frequent phone time if that would decrease – you know, spread it out over several calls rather than one giant one.

I like having Caller I.D. – at least I can determine if I have time to talk to whomever is calling (or ignore the random sales calls that hit at the most inopportune times, like right in the middle of dinner).  If the number isn’t recognized, we to voice mail.  We figure that if it’s truly important, the person calling can leave a message and we can always call them back.

I do spend extra time on the phone during and birthdays – the least I could do is forgo my aversion to a phone conversation and spend some time chatting with my loved ones on their birthday or holidays.  It can be tricky to set aside a block of time to do that, but I definitely make an effort.

Which brings me to this weeks question:

Are you a phone person, or anti-phone?

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After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance and I chose to become a SAHM and WAHM - I love every minute of it. We added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension to our family. We have an eclectic mix of pets: dogs, cats, birds and fish. I love to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, I take on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. My favorite, of course, is making my own wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway. I blog about the joys of parenting, family, friends, life, love and anything else that strikes my fancy. I do enjoy doing reviews and giveaways for products I use, believe in and can stand behind.
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29 thoughts on “Do You Do Phone?

  1. I am a phone person….I chat with my mom every other day. She is 1600 miles from me and is 84…so I feel the need to keep in touch with her. She is quite the go go go lady too!! Amazing!
    But my fav all time way to keep in touch with those who are close by is texting. Can get to the point and still stay in touch…like with my g’kids.

  2. I have the same feelings and do the same things you do, unless if the calls are from my sons since they both live out os state. Have a great weekend.

  3. I hate talking on the phone. Because of that, I only talk to my daughter about once a week. It’s not that I don’t like talking to her, because I do, but…it’s the phone. On the other hand, I love to IM; I spend a lot of time on the computer and it’s easy to carry on a conversation but not be tied to it. Because of that, I speak with my older son every day.

  4. I am SO with you on this! Especially the multi-tasking part! I have a friend that calls me, and then talks to her 3 year old the whole time I’m on the phone. I love her but it is so frustrating, like, why are we on the phone if you’re not even talking to me?!

  5. Im not a phone person at all. I just always run out of things to say, which is bizarre really as if you talk to me in person you can’t shut me up!!

    Also if I get a call from an unknown number I google it before I answer to see if I’m willing to talk to them.

    Text, email, and IM all the way for me.

  6. I am a phone person but it is hard for me to actually talk on the phone. When I am on the phone Allison is all over me, trying to talk into the phone. Sometimes texting is way better for me.

  7. Well, I must be the dissenting vote on this one, I guess! Both my sister and twin brother and their families live far away now. I talk to my sister everyday while we do housework or cook supper! I don’t talk to my brother as much, (HE is not a phone person), but I do talk to his wife. What is strangest of all, though, I guess, is that I talk to my mother in law for about 45 minutes EVERYDAY! We love each other!

    Well, y’all don’t have to call me! Just come on over to my blog! I am new and want to make some new friends!!

    Vicky @ sleeping in an unmade bed

  8. I’m not a phone person either. I used to be, back when I was in high school, in an EXTREME way. Now? Not so much. If I didn’t have an irrational fear of *needing* my land line for emergencies — and if my DSL wasn’t through my phone company — I’d get rid of it entirely.

  9. Stacy, You could have written this for me. Word for word is how I feel about the phone.

    And yes when I’m on it, I cannot get things done. I don’t like that. And worse, it’s not cordless. I can’t speak on my cell phone because of the price.

    So yes I’m not a phone person. I don’t do much texting, unless it’s very necessary.


  10. I’m a HUGE phone person 🙂 I left home when I was 19 to join the Air Force. My family and friends live in Alaska, it’s expensive to fly and I don’t see them often, so I’ve always had to make time to talk on the phone. After we moved to Hawaii a couple years ago I started going to school at UH. I’m big on multi tasking too, so I would use the time it took me to walk across campus from class to class, and to my car at the end of the day, to talk to people back home. Now that I’m not in class full time it’s a little harder to find opportunities to talk, but I try!

  11. I have no problem talking to my mother, sister or daughters, but other than that I’m not much of a phone person. I can never get things done when I’m on the phone either and forget about trying to bake. I always leave out some vital ingredient!

  12. I used to be a phone person. Then when I had to make calls all the time as a teacher, it lost something. Once I had my own kids, it was just easier to text and e-mail people since I could do that with the noise around me a lot easier.

  13. I’m totally a phone person. I can’t imagine living without it. It has somehow become a part of my life.


  14. anti-phoner! hate to talk to anyone on phone and avoid it as much as possible. I’m not anti-social, it’s just awkward for me to hold any kind of verbal convo…i start stuttering…i get lost for words….etc.

  15. I am so not a phone person either. I got into a big fight with someone recently because of it. Some people just don’t get that not everyone enjoys talking on the phone.

    Have a great weekend!!

  16. I am soooo not a phone person! I was as a teenager, but we didn’t have cell phones. It was the actual house phone or nothing. Now? I don’t like to have long conversations on the phone, even with someone I normally enjoy talking to. Occassionally, maybe, but it’s rare!

  17. I have to be a phone person. My family lives far away from me & I’m a family person. I live west of Chicago about 45 min. Two of my children live much closer to Chicago like 10 minutes away, and my Aunt who I call all the time is there close to them. My one son lives half hour away west of me, and my youngest daughter lives in Missouri. My brother is always out of town because of his job, and my husband works in Chicago. So there you have I have no choice must be phone person. Have a great weekend.

  18. Phone person!i like to do mundane tasks while chatting. I have a friend who will call me so that she can get her “chores” done…it helps that she has a head set!

  19. I am a bit of both really. I admit that I often can’t be bothered to call people because it is so hard to just have a quick chat and then finish up. However I do feel with email and social networking that I dont feel as close to some people as I used to be. I think there is something about the live and personal interaction of a phone call that I will always want. That’s what I think anyway! Thanks for sharing

  20. I am okay to be on the phone with certain people, but I also dislike talking to people who I know will sit on the phone for hours. I have one from who always calls me back after I text him and it makes me nuts!

  21. It makes me wonder how people go on talking on their cellphones for hours. I love small conversations on the phone and I think is better to use it as amenity rather as a luxury.
    Peter who writes about car hire Ireland

  22. I talk on the phone to a few select people and then almost always while driving to or from work. Once I am home, I rarely use the phone for anything but texts or emails.

  23. I am not a phone person either but my son sometimes call, mostly to tlk to his brothers but when they’re not home, I talk to him…he likes talking and I use the opportunity to give him advice and he has to listen.