Friday, 14 January 2011
"YOU'RE NOT GONNA REACH MY TELEPHONE . . ."
While I am very much a girly-girl, I seem to be missing the gene that makes one want to chat on the phone for hours for no apparent reason.
As a teenager, when all my friends were gossiping on the phone to one another, I TRIED to do it too. I would have to almost force myself to actually do the phoning though. And then the conversation itself . . . I felt so AWKWARD. Why was I on the phone??? I could be reading a book. I was missing my favourite TV programme. And for what?? To have a conversation that would probably be re-hashed in person the following day (and for many days to come!) anyway??? Hmmmm.
I'm not the best at talking at the best of times. (My friends might disagree with that one.) But talking in person is FAR easier than talking on the phone. I'm guessing it's the lack of body language. The disembodied voice on the end of the phone. The fact that the other person could be pretty much doing ANYTHING while they are talking to you.
I'm a texter. The only thing that ever convinced me to get a mobile phone was text messaging. I'm great at that. I give good text. (I also give needy text and angry text, depending on the situation. And don't even get me STARTED on sexting. Seriously - just . . . don't!) If I want to phone someone, it's either because I'm seriously upset about something (for "something", read "a guy") and am crying too much to see the screen on my phone to text, or to say "where the fuck are you? We were meant to meet twenty minutes ago and YOU AREN'T HERE!"
Don't get me wrong, I'm not good at talking on the phone to ANYONE. It's not just friends. I don't like having to phone customer service departments. I order my pizza online, so as not to have to have any more contact with a human being than I have to. Every time my phone rings in work, I have to mentally psych myself up to pick it up.
I know, I know, I'm a weirdo.
I know I'm not the only one though. Other people I know have the same problem. That makes me feel slightly more normal. (Not that I necessarily want to BE normal...)
How about you? Are YOU a phone person? Or would you rather just pretend the phone isn't ringing until it stops?