>> Thursday, January 13, 2011
My name is Ale and I have a phone phobia.
Ok, I do talk on the phone for work, but even then I stick to clearly defined times, agenda and attendee lists. For any communication needs outside of work I NEVER use the phone. My Blackberry has an unlimmited internet plan and guess what? ...Yep, NO MINUTES. Any minutes that I use are counted individually. Basically, I don't want to use my 'phone' for calling or receiving calls.
It all started with screening of the calls and not answering if the call came from an unknown source. Then it flowed over into never checking voice mail. (That actually can be classified as a completely self standing phobia, I literally feel ill if I have to call my voice mail.) Then I realized that even if my friends called and I happen to have missed the call, I would usually get an email or a text and could respond asap anyway. No the only kinds of voice mails I receive from my friends go something like this: "Oh...the voice mail clicked on... well, I won't leave one I guess, since you won't check it... Ok, I'll text you."
Now I just don't answer the phone period. My Blackberry is set up with facebook etc, so there is literally absolutely no reason for voice conversations. I recently talked to a friend on the phone actually, and it felt really weird and awekward, like two people finally getting naked together only to realize they're not as drunk as they thought... anyway we quickly ended the call saying, I'll text you the info.
Sorry, why did I start writting about this? Oh yeah, I'm sitting at my dinning room table and I heard my phone ring in the kitchen, I just stared in its direction and experienced anxiety... so I decided to write about it... I'm scared, I don't want to go look at it... What if... VOICE MAIL envelope is there????