Do you leave a message?

@reinydawn (11649)
United States
June 11, 2009 1:09pm CST
When you call someone and get their voice-mail, do you leave them a message? And if you do, do you just say "Call me back"? I have a friend who almost NEVER leaves a message when she calls me, and sometimes I'll call her back, sometimes not. I do know that when she DOES leave me a message it's usually important. Normally, it's just to talk. If I get voice-mail, I will almost always leave a message, giving pretty specific information of why I called. Quite a few times, though, the person does not ever listen to their voice-mail and they don't know why I called in the first place. If I know it's one of those people, I wont leave a message, but for everyone else I do.
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@sacmom (14314)
• United States
15 Jun 09
It depends on who I'm calling, but normally I do. However, whenever I call my mom's cell phone I don't leave a message. As she doesn't know how to retrieve her messages on there I don't see the point in leaving any. If it's urgent I'll call her over and over again until she answers. Fortunately she answers by the 3rd or 4th call. I showed her how to retrieve her messages before, but I guess she didn't get the hang of it. I'll have to show her again the next time I see her. I don't doubt she has a ton of messages on there as she's had this cell phone for years!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
16 Jun 09
We didn't think my in-laws knew how to retrieve their messages either, but when we saw them they asked me "Do you leave me a text message" and they meant voice message. They were able to retrieve it, but they weren't able to understand what I said. I guess they had a bad connection.
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@sacmom (14314)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I know my mom doesn't know how to retrieve her messages on there as she told me so on a few occasions. She's an older lady that is a bit scared to mess with technology...that is, until she gets the hang of it! LOL I'll be seeing her this weekend so hopefully I'll be able to show her then, if either of us remember, that is!
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@suzzy3 (8357)
11 Jun 09
I always leave a message when voice mail comes on.I only use my phone for a reason.I leave a message explaining why I would like to talk to them .I agree it is normally very frustrating if they don't as I hate to miss a call.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Sometimes people told me they called me earlier and I'll ask why they didn't leave message. They usually just say it wasn't important, which is usually true!
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@nchap36 (556)
• United States
11 Jun 09
Oh no I never leave a message. Sometimes I get the notion to play on there answering machine. Just leaving a serious message naw thats not me. I figure you have a called id, or *69 maybe both. So you know I called. why leave a message? Anyway my voice sounds like someone old grandma on an answering machine. Its sounds very horrible.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Well, I don't have caller id, so I don't know when someone calls - unless it's on my cell phone. And my voice is horrible too! Everyone knows when it's me because of the way I sound.
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@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
11 Jun 09
Well i know most of my friends and my fiance are guilty of not even listening to their voice mail. So I dont waste my time leaving them a voicemail. Then most of my family have voicemail boxes that haven't been set up yet so it doesn't allow you to leave a voicemail. So I rarely do leave any messages for anyone.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Sometimes I wonder why we even have voice-mail. We joke about my in-laws not knowing how to retrieve their messages on the cell phone, but they surprised us and know how to do it!
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
15 Jun 09
I only leave a message if i'm calling for something to do with work OR if its important. If i'm just calling to chat because im bored i dont really bother.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
15 Jun 09
I don't like talking on the phone much so I hardly call just to chat. It's usually about something so I will leave a message - unless I know they don't listen to them...
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
17 Jun 09
that makes sense. I never leave a message if i know it wont be checked. i have one friend that if her husband is the one that checks the messages he doesnt bother to tell her who called...even if its her mom or dad that leaves a message he just deletes the messages. I never leave a message there.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
18 Jun 09
I'll normally write the message down if it's not for me, but if it's something I think they need to hear then I will not erase. I'll let my husband hear it and delete it.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
15 Jun 09
I usually leave a message, but that is because I feel comfortable about voice mail even though I do not use it myself. And I do want them to call back, but not when I am using my cell phone unless it is on the weekend. And then they know my home phone and will call me on that one. The trouble is that not many people are comfortable with voice mail or with messages. They do not know how long after the beep they have, whether the connection will work, whether the machine will run out of tape and they are voice mail challenged. And they may feel as if their message is not that important. as well as they feel you should have been home all the time or had your cell phone on all the time. But those are the minority. My husband is like that. He will hang up and will not leave a message because some how he is afraid of the machine.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
16 Jun 09
Oh, I blabber on for ever sometimes on the machine, and I've even gotten cut off. I try to leave all the information instead of just saying "call me back."