March 17, 2010

Reader Submitted Quick Rant: Answer Your Damn Phone, Woman!

From our reader Jai, who is fed up with girls using our phones like total dickheads (those are my words, not his):
I appreciate new technology as much as the next guy, but for heaven's sake, answer your phone! We’ve been texting back and forth constantly to occupy our boring work days. A few weeks go on and we continually make plans via text to see each other in a non-digital /more than 160 characters realm.

So the day comes for our hangout, a weekend afternoon; perfect. You think that'd be simple enough? Oh, we haven't even gotten started. Buckle up because figuring out what you want to do is going to be a drawn out into a three hour conversation. That's a minimum! Here is the way the conversation goes:
“What would you want to do?”
“How about the park, it’s a beautiful day. We can people watch.”
“Nah, I’m not in the mood to sit around and stare at people.”
“Okay, how about getting some dinner and drinks?”
“After last night, alcohol is not friendly.”
“What did you have in mind for the afternoon?”
“I don’t know, something fun with you.”
That's the jist. At this point, I’ve had enough. This more than two hour texversation is bringing me to wit's end. So after your last message, I decided to call you. Guess what, you don’t answer and it goes to voicemail. I left a message. Three minutes later, you wrote me a text answering my voicemail. FINE! I'll continue to help your crackberry addiction.

I know there are situations where you may have been busy for those three minutes I tried to call. But we both know you weren’t. I have tried this calling feature on my phone with you a few times and it always seems to fail. Hmmm. Maybe you’re hoarding your free minutes for that phone call to American Idol. Oh, you can do that with text too!

Is it really that hard to call and have a five minute conversation to make a plan so I can SEE YOU, like you wanted? Why must we constantly go through this dance? I don’t want to be in the corner texting away. Don’t put me in that corner!
I'm happy to report that this is something that I never do. In fact, I'd always prefer a phone call to make plans over text unless I know the person really well. I guess I'm just old-fashioned that way. Actually, I'm so old fashioned, that I'd prefer the ol' carrier pigeon to texting. I mean, can a cell phone wear a little helmet and goggles? I didn't think so.


Anonymous said...

Someone I liked a lot did this. I gave up pretty quickly. Not dancing if you can't talk to me.

Anonymous said...

I have to say, I kind of liked hearing a dude's perspective on this. And good to know there are some guys out there who actually remember how to dial & make a damn phone call. I'd be thrilled to have my phone ringing way more than the constant text alerts!!!

Anonymous said...

Not gonna lie, she seems like she's not that into you. I know that this sounds harsh, but if a guy I just met was trying to make plans...I absolutely would love a call! It only makes me that more excited by the sound of his voice and I can judge just how excited I think he is.

Anonymous said...

She's just not that into you and doesnt have the class to tell you.

Jai said...

That's not harsh.. I'd be happier if more girls would come right out and say it. Though she may not have been into me, I was the one that had to do the fade away.

This was actually the 4th time this has happened to me here (Boston) recently and a few friends have also mentioned the same thing. We don't know if it's more a regional thing or what.

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