Talking on the phone

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    Feb 23, 2010 1:31 PM GMT

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    Feb 23, 2010 1:38 PM GMT
    I am posting this as a matter of genuine curiosity.

    In the last five years or so I have all but completely stopped talking on the phone. These days I actually no longer have a cell phone and I only really talk on the landline when someone (who shall remain nameless) shoves it in my ear while I am waving my arms hysterically and mouthing NO NO NO NO.

    The big reason that I have given myself for this is that I live in a foreign country and simply cannot understand what people are saying without access to their body language. In particular the Italians are the most phone-obsessed people I have ever seen. In fact, I think they like it so much because you actually cannot see body language over the telephone. My theory is that this allows people to feel as if they have better control over their various personae.

    Then again, I just have to wonder if I am a complete nutcase.

    So, does anybody else avoid talking on the telephone? Has anyone else gotten rid of it?

    I should say that this was a project for me. I actually set out to get rid of the phone. I did that about thirty years ago with the television. I haven't had a TV in decades. I never missed TV and I figure I will never miss the phone (though some TV creeps in packaged as DVD's).

  • Mohannned

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    Feb 23, 2010 2:00 PM GMT
    I hate talking on the phone ...
    1st my hand gets tired since everyone wants to speak 4ever ... too bad i'm a good listener
    i can't talk to some one without seeing him .. it's eird to me
    i hate when someone puts u on hold

    but too bad i can't live without them also ... i stayed about a month with no phone , i almost hang myself icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 23, 2010 2:49 PM GMT
    ...and here I am, just the opposite. I love the phone because there's an inescapable communication that occurs with the cadencing in a voice.

    It's music.