As much as I love to talk, I really don’t like talking on the phone. There are a few people I like to chat with, but for the most part, I prefer getting emails and texts to phone calls. Part of it is because I generally have some social anxiety when calling someone or answering the phone. Part of it is because (and this is something I’ve never told anyone), for one reason or another, I often have a hard time hearing clearly when on the phone, and it gets frustrating constantly having to ask people to repeat themselves. Part of it is because I rarely remember dates, times and addresses if told them verbally–I need to see them in writing.
I was pulling up an app on my smartphone the other day and got annoyed when a phone call started coming through, interrupting what I was doing on my phone. I realized that more often than not, I wish my smartphone wasn’t a phone, just a handy little computer I could easily use wherever I am. Now I’m contemplating scaling down to the cheapest flip phone I can get and carrying a tablet around with me. I would only give my phone number out to businesses and organizations who require you to have a phone number for contact. And to be honest, I’d probably never answer my phone. Well, almost never.