Question of the day

telephoneDo you screen your calls?

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17 Responses to Question of the day

  1. joanharvest says:

    Oh yes. I screen all my calls. The screen on the outside of my cell phone broke so I couldn’t see who was calling so my daughter reprogrammed my phone so that when I open it the phone doesn’t answer the call and I can see whose calling. I have a few people who like to talk a lot and sometimes I just can’t face a long call. I always answer if it’s a family member though. Those are usually quick calls from family member who want me do do stuff for them. But I guess now that I am retired that’s my new job and I love it.

  2. SKL says:

    I more than screen them. Most of the time I don’t answer the phone at all.

    For some reason, I don’t feel comfortable talking on the phone. I always feel like someone’s going to ask me a question I can’t answer. Maybe I’ll make a fool out of myself and screw up a client relationship. I just can’t bullshit my way out of things on the phone.

    That aside from the fact that I don’t talk to telemarketers and I’m afraid of my ex, who has several phone numbers at any given time (job / apartment hopper).

    I will answer if: (a) I recognize the number or at least have a good idea who’s calling; (b) I am prepared and won’t be caught off guard by the caller; (c) I have time and (d) I’m in the mood to talk to that particular person. The rest of the time, people are free to leave a voice mail or send me an email.

    My partners say this is quite unprofessional. Oh well.

  3. thegoddessanna says:

    Always. I’m not a big phone talker either, and if I’m busy, sometimes I don’t feel like dropping everything to talk to anyone.

  4. nikki says:

    Always, always always!!!!!!!!!! If it comes up unknown caller, they better leave a message. And if I don’t know the number I don’t usually answer, sometimes I. I like to know who I’m going to talk to.

  5. kwoneshe2 says:

    Yeah. Of course, recently changing my number….the only people who have it are the ones I WANT to talk to. LOL

  6. Just a Mom says:

    I always screen my calls. They are mostly for my daughters anyway!

  7. Joy says:

    I think it’s pretty hard with the phones of today not to screen them…..kind of. When I pick up my phone, who’s calling is right there. I won’t “not” pick up the phone unless I’m napping mostly. No matter who it its. What I’m trying to say is I do and will answer it unless I don’t hear it or I’m trying to nap.

    What really irritates me is that the people who want you to donate money will call and all their numbers are “unavailable” or “out of area.” If you don’t answer they will just keep calling. Numerous time a day sometimes. When I answer they want Paul Erickson and I’ll say “he’s at work right now, can I take a message?” and they say “I’ll call back.” They always call during the day…..HELLO!!!! I tell them to call at night but they hardly ever do. IF they do, Paul will get on the phone and get mad because he can’t hear them and ends up hanging up on them so it starts all over again. Unless you talk to them and tell them your not interested, they will keep calling. By this time, waking me up or disturbing what I’m doing, do you think they will get any money??? I don’t think so.

    There are many times I’d rather not talk on the phone but if someone calls, I feel they want or need something so yes, even if I don’t feel like talking, I do answer.

  8. Doraz says:

    If I am cooking and have my hands in the meatballs I am trying to make, yes. If I am just standing there, I pick up.

  9. Joy says:

    As long as we’re talking about it…..why don’t people leave messages? People will call and say “where were you”? Just because I see someone called me on the ID, doesn’t mean I’ll call back. Unless they leave me a message, I’m assuming they just wanted to chat at the time. Sometimes I don’t even check that for days when I got to erase them.

  10. Tessa says:

    Always!!! Eric & I both. We are not big phone talkers, except with close family that live in another state like our mom, dad, and brothers. Everyone complains that we don’t ever answer our phones!! LOL The reason is, I guess, is that we are active people, and we get a lot of calls, so we tend to call people back when it is a better time and if we don’t know the number we tend not to answer.

    I do not like to be connected to technology too much, so I minimize the time spent on the phone, watching television, and being on the internet. I like to be with my thoughts, be with my family-husband & baby, and face to face with people as much as possible.

  11. Tessa says:

    I agree Joy! Messages are nice! Speaking of that- you remind me I need to call my grandma. She called for my birthday, but did not leave a message because she is very old-fashioned. Hates the push buttons even!!! LOL

  12. SKL says:

    Yeah, why don’t people leave messages? Some people will call me and not leave a message, then act offended that I didn’t call back. How do I know you want me to call you back? Leave a dang message – it’s not that hard. My sister will leave a message saying “Nothing important, just wanted to say have a nice day” and then complain to my mom when I don’t call back. ?? I tell people that I usually don’t answer my phone (I might be bathing my kids or on a conference call or whatnot), and to please leave a message if you want me to call back. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. My ex will call and not leave a message, then call again and accuse me of avoiding him. OK, first of all, we haven’t seen each other in over two years, you have at least 4 phone numbers (and no, I didn’t memorize them), and my phone doesn’t display your name when you call. Why would I call back a number that I don’t recognize when the caller didn’t leave a message? Help me out here – is it me that’s crazy?

  13. Joy says:

    Yes SKL, that irks me to no end. My mom will call over and over until I answer and then give me the third degree about “where were you.” HELLO, I might have been in the bathroom or gone upstairs or even *gasp* gone outside to hang something on the line. Leave a message and I see the light blinking but when you don’t, what the heck??

  14. Jennifer says:

    I always screen my calls both at home and at work. Our employer tell us we’re required to answer the phone in our cubicle, but I can tell if the number is any of the people I work with or if it’s a salesperson. I’m not answering the phone just at work just to have someone try to sell me something.

  15. SKL says:

    Yeah, Joy, and then they guilt trip you with “I wondered if you were OK.” Sigh.

  16. Joy says:

    Or my mom will say “I thought you might be napping” and I think “why did you keep calling then!” *sigh* here too.

  17. Sue says:

    I guess I do since I don’t answer the unknown caller! Messages are always good!

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