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    If I know the person I'll answer. I've had issues with this company trying to sale me health insurance, which I have no use for since I'm under my dad's until I'm 25 and being only 20. Well they'd call from a different number every time, so i would answer it thinking it was someone who had given my number to during a party or a classmate but no they wanted to sale insurance. I finally asked them nicely to quit calling me, they called the next day I went off on them. They said they wouldn't, whatever happen to respecting personal space? I have one "friend" (ESFx?) who calls all the time and she's annoying and if I don't answer right away, because I can't possibly be outside or in the shower and not take my phone with me. Will call back 10 times and I'll check my phone and it will be all these missed calls from her and I will sometimes call her back and then I'm a terrible person and I clearly hate her. WTF?! even if I'm not mad at her for calling me so many times when she accuses me of being anti-social/emo I am. then I tell her to fuck off. She's human and I can be around her when she's on meds but last time she wasn't and I wanted to kill myself (but then my car flooded so I had an excuse to leave), she has no personal space I tell her not to do something because I don't like it. I have three people in my life that I will let grab on me and she's not one of them. Now I'll give her a hug I'll give anyone a hug that's not invasion of personal space. alright so back to the phone. I answer it if I know the person and I know they aren't going to annoy me, which most of my friends call to ask if I want to do something with them so it's 5 minutes at most on the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashi, K? View Post
    I am still looking for a solution to this that doesn't cost a fortune.

    For you... perhaps less sisters? I have only one and I find this helps greatly.
    Keep your phone turned off until you need to use it? I do this with my cell phone. It's there for my convenience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashi, K? View Post
    I am still looking for a solution to this that doesn't cost a fortune.

    For you... perhaps less sisters? I have only one and I find this helps greatly.
    I only have one sister who will speak with me, but that sister might give the number to my brother or my late brother's wife and then where is it going to end then? They can call me on my land line and that way when my cell rings, I know it is my husband. It is a good solution for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natrushka View Post
    Keep your phone turned off until you need to use it? I do this with my cell phone. It's there for my convenience.
    I am glad for you, but that does not work when you have people that will hound you through all available means of communication if you don't answer your phone. I don't know how serious she is, but my mother comments that she worries I am dead when I don't answer. I also have to be available to some people at all times. Not many, but enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
    I only have one sister who will speak with me, but that sister might give the number to my brother or my late brother's wife and then where is it going to end then? They can call me on my land line and that way when my cell rings, I know it is my husband. It is a good solution for me.
    I hope you don't think I am questioning your method, it seems like it works well for you. It just wouldn't work for anyone with only one phone, or sensitivity to random and/or unidentified ringing. Both of which describe me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashi, K? View Post
    I don't know how serious she is, but my mother comments that she worries I am dead when I don't answer.
    My sympathies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashi, K? View Post

    I hope you don't think I am questioning your method, it seems like it works well for you. It just wouldn't work for anyone with only one phone, or sensitivity to random and/or unidentified ringing. Both of which describe me.

    Yeah you are right about that, definately having a land line and a cell are a good thing ... I turn the ringer off the phone and let the voice mail pick it up. My husband got tired of not being able to get me on the phone when he wanted to, so he got me the cell. Hey, it is mostly his people that I am avoiding anyway...

    Years ago when I worked night shift, the telemarketers used to drive me crazy...back then I could not turn off the ringer in case my father needed me. (He was disabled) I used to come awake, listen to the first few words of the message and then go back to sleep.

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    Ashi,K?, turn off your ringtone to keep the dagger of unexpected ringing from disturbing your solace and call your mom more often. Call her daily, even.

    Call off the hounds, as it were.

    It's unreasonable of your mother to assume you're dead if you do not immediately pick up the telephone. She's saying that because she dislikes getting your message service. It's blackmail. Decide how want to deal with it.

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    I hate phones. I do not answer at all if I'm busy, or not in the mood. If I'm not in the mood, I'll let it go to voicemail, then listen to the voicemail shortly after... or forget to check it for a day

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    I almost never answer my phone, I have a Treo 650 onto which I installed TAC (Treo Area Codes) which tells me the state city and town of where the call is coming from when it rings.

    I know most of my co-workers in each state so I might shoot an email prefaced with "missed your call, what's up"

    But to answer it's like a flow chart for me:

    1. Do I have time?
    2. Am I alone?
    3. Is anyone in eavesdrop range?
    4. Do I even want to speak to someone in ding dang dawg land or wherever they're calling from, with my voice.

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    I only have a cell phone now and am pretty picky about who has my number. If I feel like talking to the person, I'll answer. Since I am an extravert - that is most of the time. My biggest dilemma is when I am already on the phone with someone and someone else I like better is calling, or someone I've been waiting on a call from. Usually I will excuse myself and switch over, but cell phones are not as good with giving you time to do so.

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