To solve this problem I got rid of my cell phone. I just tell people "you have to email me" -- I rather like email though-- when I'm ready I can write a good response and get it done. People who call me want to talk for too long-- and I just want to hang up... but that is rude... ugh.Everyone thinks I ignore them too.. just because I never pick up. It's annoying.
This can be a good thing though-- since people can be more direct and less "fake" -- you don't need to think "what are they *really* saying. Though if I must use a phone it's always a land line. But it takes a lot for me to get ready to pick up the phone. I get really tense when I'm dialing.I find email too impersonal and people will say things in an email which the wouldnt dare say on the phone or face to face communicaton.
Yup, I much prefer face to face conversation over technology.My preference is face to face conversation with the wonderful ability to cue in on all that non-verbal communication which is sorely missing from phoning (whether landline or cell), emailing and texting...
We have so many other senses (visual, olfactory, touching) that provide us with valuable information when communicating thoughts, feelings and the expression of our humanity...I sorely feel the gaps in the current modes of "modern" communication technology.:sad: