I hate the telephone. But I love the new iphone. This piece of technology is very cool. I can still communicate without actually talking.
Here's the thing. The only time I'll answer the phone is if I happen to be sitting still at my desk and playing around, like now, writing a blog. This isn't exactly "work" and I will stop this to pick up, should it ring. Otherwise, forget it.
Because I'm always moving, I'm always doing something. If I had a Facebook account, my status would change every 15 minutes or so. "Stefania is.... checking the rose garden, taking out the trash, making the bed, paying bills, re-designing the next label, filing, sending a fax, checking the chemicals in the hot tub, in the hot tub(!), etc"
I don't take the phone with me everywhere I go and I don't drop whatever it is I'm doing to pick up. If it's important, leave a message and I'll call back...usually. I called my brother just before the San Diego trip and wanted to check in and tell him about my new phone.
He called while I was in the pool at the hotel and left a scathing (not really) message that I never pick up or answer. When I called him back I was like, hey, baby steps dude, did you notice there was a voice mail greeting? First time in 8 years I've recorded one. Baby steps.
My hearing has been compromised since I was in high school. I'm not deaf, but I do have limits to what I can hear, and talking on the telephone is generally unpleasant if there are any other noises or distractions. So I avoid it. There are times when it is necessary and I do conduct winery business via telephone, but socially, there are better ways to reach me.
It's even worse if you have an accent or are foreign born. I'm a lip-reader in those cases and you can't read lips thru the telephone.
Yahoo IM: firstname.lastname@example.org
If a phone call is more appropriate, feel free, but leave a message and a call back number because I'm probably already doing something else.