I hate talking on the phone. In fact, I try to avoid it at all costs. I just find phone conversations awkward. I never know how long to keep up a phone conversation. And I HATE awkward silences. So much so that I will over-share or make a joke, just to keep the conversation going. And I never know how to end the conversations, either. There never seems to be a good time. So then my phone conversations tend to drag on and on until the person on the other end ultimately ends the conversation, at which point I'm kicking myself for letting the conversation go on longer than it should have. Yup, I hate phones.
I'm definitely more of an IM and e-mail person. If you disappear in the middle of an IM, the other person won't take offense. They just assume that you were multi-tasking anyway. I, for one, don't log onto my computer just to chat anymore. I'm usually on doing something else, and I just happen to have my chat clients on, in case someone wants to reach me. Another thing about IM and e-mail is that you don't have to answer uncomfortable questions. If you don't like a question being asked of you, you can just ignore it, or change the subject. Much harder to do while on the phone.
At any rate, I found this little cartoon on The Oatmeal a few weeks back which completely captured my disdain for the telephone, so I thought I'd share it: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/phone. Enjoy!
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