My phone is never out of arms reach, even when I’m in bed it’s under my pillow.
I actually use it, in the old fashioned way, you know, to make a phone call, every day. But only ever to phone my mum.
If you’re not my mum, or, in an emergency, one of my actual offspring the chances of me phoning you are slim. And when I say slim I mean non-existent.
When my iPhone rings I freeze, my heart tries to jump out of my mouth, and I break out in a cold sweat, there are only 3 chances of me answering, if it’s my mum, if it’s someone I gave birth to or if it’s school. And even then, if it IS school I probably won’t answer the first time, because if it’s an emergency they’ll try again. Even if it’s someone I know quite well phoning me I just can’t. I’ll wait a few minutes and then send a text saying something like I’m in meeting, I haven’t got any minutes left, or I’ve been kidnapped by someone who won’t let me take a call but bizarrely WILL allow me to text. I will lie through my teeth rather than having to speak to a friend on the phone.
I don’t have a landline anymore because although I never answered it, whenever it rang, if I wasn’t in the room I’d shout “Oh that’s probably nothing, leave it” and you could bet your bottom dollar that one of the kids would answer it. Not only would they answer it but they would hand it over to me without having asked WHO was calling. If you know phone anxiety you’ll understand that paralysing feeling of dread that washes over you when you’re handed the phone and have NO idea who’s on the other end.. Fuck that! The house phone mysteriously broke a long time ago, and I’ve been far too busy to replace it. I have no idea WHY I do this, very few people actually have my phone number, and I’ve never had a particularly traumatic phone call, but here is a list of things that scare me more than phone calls.
Do you panic every time your phone rings or do you just casually answer it like a regular person?