Please don’t call me…


Phone anxiety

And I won’t call you…

Yup, that’s right. 

I am not being rude, or maybe I am, but I can explain. I have a reason. It probably isn’t logical to you, but it’s real for me. 

The problem is, is that I HATE talking on the phone. Truly, truly, I hate it. It brings out all sorts of horrible feelings of anxiety in me. 

Unless I really have to talk to you, I will avoid it like the plague. It’s  not personal. This even extends to LSH and my own family and friends. 

I don’t know why I don’t like talking on the phone. I prefer to be able to speak face to face (although sometimes even anxiety makes that challenging but I can and do manage that, and it’s far less stressful than talking on the phone) 

It’s weird, because I appear to be a very sociable person. But having to call someone, or answer a call and chat sends me into realms of anxiety that I have not ever been able to explain, or handle. I have become better over the years, and obviously, as an adult, in the real world, I have to talk to people on the phone, but the advent of technology that means I can avoid it, if I can, I will.

I will gladly chat away to you over SMS (or even What’sApp if I really have to) or via e-mail. 

So the next time you call me, and I ping you a message asking you to sms me or send me a mail, and you think “she’s weird, why?” if you have read this blog post, you will know why. I might call you, but I will do my best to get off the call as fast as possible. I would much rather you sent me a mail, or we met for a coffee instead. 

So, don’t call me, and I won’t call you. Or I will if I have to, but I would really prefer not to…



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9 comments on “Please don’t call me…
  1. Rebecca U says:

    I can really relate to this – I hate speaking on the phone too. I think for me it’s that I can’t see them and can’t gauge reactions maybe? Whatever it is it just makes me feel awkward. Thank goodness for text messaging!
    Rebecca U recently posted…How Blogging Can Change Your Life

  2. Dee says:

    I HATE talking on the phone as well. I limit it to close family and even then I’m not that keen. I never phone friends for a chat – would prefer just to email/message them and meet up whenever.

  3. Oh I totally get where you are coming from. I hate talking on the phone. It makes me edgy and sound weird. Texting or face to face I’m fine but on the phone…. Every time it rings, I think twice about answering it!

  4. Catherine says:

    I’m not a fan of the phone either but I’m happy to Skype or FaceTime. I much prefer to speak to a person that I can see 🙂
    Catherine recently posted…Is It Christmas Yet? by Jane Chapman

    • admin says:

      My kids make me Skype my Dad because they love seeing him on the phone/iPad so I’ve gotten used to it, it’s a bit easier than phoning!

  5. Kim Carberry says:

    I feel exactly the same….I prefer to see who I’m speaking too.
    Thank goodness I am not the only x
    Kim Carberry recently posted…Our Weekly Meal Plan!! – #mealplanningmonday

  6. Fiona K says:

    I’m with you on this topic. I don’t have a mobile phone, because it’s pointless as I would never use it. If the phone rings at home, if my husband is at home he answers, otherwise I just let it ring. At least that means I don’t have to deal with the dreaded PPI calls or those stupid scammers who call to say you have a problem with your PC.

    • motherofmadcatsandbabies says:

      Oh don’t get me started on spam callers either! I use my mobile for texting and messaging and e-mail, but my data package has minimal minutes on it because I just don’t use them! I wish you could get sms only phones, that would make me very happy! 🙂

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