How long do you usually spend on the phone?

How long do you usually spend on the phone? - A picture of a lady making a phone call. Photo source: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/101/291857166_faa78a2c8c.jpg?v=0 .
Singapore
December 13, 2007 12:54am CST
To some of us, the phone is just about the most important object on earth. You can survive without food for days but you can't go on if you don't have your phone. :P I don't belong to the "some" mentioned above. I only use the phone out of necessity. It's not that I hate it but until they produce a hands-free that works perfectly, holding the handset to my ear just isn't the most comfortable feeling. If you have worked in tele-sales before, you might appreciate the situation a little better. That said, when I was younger, I have indeed spent long hours on the phone chatting with friends. Some of these "marathons" can even last through the night till the rooster goes cock-a-doodle-doo. Nowadays though, nothing beyond an hour and that is long already. Usually the call would end within minutes unless there is a reason. What about you? How long do you spend on the phone? How important is the phone to you? Do share your thoughts. =)
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@drannhh (15235)
• United States
13 Dec 07
I generally dislike chatting on the phone. The device is quite handy for scheduling appointments with people who don't do e-mail and a few other snappy things, but I am amazed by people who apparently go through life with a phone glued to their ears. Having worked for many years in jobs where phones were required to be answered, now that I'm retired there is no way anyone is going to answer my own phone. Mine goes directly to voice mail 95% of the time.
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• Singapore
13 Dec 07
Oh yes, I know many who simply love the phone. :P
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@Zelmarq (12418)
• Cebu City, Philippines
22 Feb 08
I dont really stay too long on the phone, most of mycalls are not that long and when auntie calls me from abroad she uses the yahoo messenger so no fuzz for me coz im using the headset. Hvae a nice day and take care.
@makatas (1101)
• Greece
13 Dec 07
When i was younger i didnt talk much.I dont like having the feeling of phone in my ear for more than 10 minutes.Never done a marathon of phone, if it goes long i find excuses to shut it off.However, lately i have met many new interesting people and become friends, so my phone calls are very much increased, ans do is the time i spend. My cellphone rings almost once per hour, and the home phone the same.And i dont mention the calls i make, because they are much less than those i receive.
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• Singapore
14 Dec 07
My ears just go ouch when they cuddle too close with the phone sets. Doesn't help even if I keep switching ear. :P
@ElicBxn (61149)
• United States
13 Dec 07
I am barely on the phone now - and while I have a cell - its so I can be reached by family & the place where my mom lives. When I had a friend who lived in another town I used to talk nearly daily with her for an hour or more.
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• Singapore
14 Dec 07
I have a phone, but that's really just to remain contactable.:P
@ElicBxn (61149)
• United States
14 Dec 07
I agree, Wiz. I am only the phone when I need to talk to someone - right now.
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@Ohara_1983 (4119)
• Kuwait
13 Dec 07
when i was working may job is to handle all telephone calls,because im incharge in reservation dept. of hotel. know that im home im still chat with the phone with my best friend even we are near only, i can tell we tall till battery will lapse:) that is everyday you why because phone her is very cheap...pssssssssst dont say to anyone just me & you he he he he
• Singapore
14 Dec 07
And you don't get tired of the phone... :P
• Kuwait
17 Dec 07
Just the phone who surrendered not us. Mostly we are always talking about our kid.
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@irene_27 (545)
• Philippines
13 Dec 07
My work entails me to do both making and receiving calls on my landline telephone. besides, talking to friends over the phone is something that i like doing because i rarely go out with them. Just for chitchatting i can stay on the phone for about 3 hours or more or until i got stiffneck already. I have many friends and i try to get in touch with them everyday. In fact, i have subscribed for the call waiting feature just so i can still receive calls from clients while using the phone. Just recently i have another more reason to use the phone longer because as packaged to my internet connection i have one year free local calls meaning i can call long-distance to friends as long as they're within the country. And since it's free i call talk to them to my heart's content.
• Singapore
14 Dec 07
What a busy gal!:P
@troopy (168)
• Australia
13 Dec 07
Im one of those people that only uses the phone when I have to and say what i have to say and hang up. It's not that I dont like talkin it's just I prefer to talk to people face to face. Probaly the only 2 people I talk to on the fone for a while are my girlfriend and my mum ( of course ) cant get out of that one.lol
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• Singapore
14 Dec 07
Pragmatic.:)
• Philippines
13 Dec 07
here in the Phils, the equivalent is that of cellphones, no not for calling but for texting.... the Phils is i think the texting capital of the world. Though i'm not sure we've been to Guiness for this.
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• Singapore
14 Dec 07
Oh yes, texting is real popular in some countries.
@patgalca (15900)
• Orangeville, Ontario
13 Dec 07
I try to avoid the phone, especially now that I have email. Every time I get on the phone with someone, and I can usually predict with whom this will happen, I will end out on there for 45 minutes to 90 minutes. No kidding. If my mother isn't on her way out the door or about to faint from hunger, then she can talk to me for a long time. There are a couple of people I deal with through the church who can also be quite chatty, so I try and stay away from phone calls unless I know I have the time to, well, waste. Unfortunately, I have been advised by my priest that my lack of response to emails is not uncommon and that it is better to telephone individuals. Great! Last time I did that I spoke to three different people for half an hour each, and told the priest that. I'm not saying I am sitting there silently listening to someone chatter on; I do my fair share of chatting too. I have also lost friends because of this. Having call display on my phone, I found myself not picking up the phone if I didn't feel like a marathon discussion with someone. Of course this was before any of us had computers. I am even reluctant to call my ISP server for technical help because I know I will be on the phone with them forever. Unless it is urgent, I put it off.
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• Singapore
14 Dec 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
It's just too time-consuming... you initiate chatting only if you have too much time to burn.:P
@jeanbug23 (567)
• Philippines
13 Dec 07
When I was still single, I used to talk over the phone for long hours. There are lots of topics to talk about when I talk to my close friends regarding problems and realities of life. Now, I have been so lazy to answer the phone when it is ringing, maybe I have outgrown it and I can't bear to talk over there for long periods of time.
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• Singapore
14 Dec 07
Stop lying on the couch then.:P
@liera0 (280)
• Philippines
13 Dec 07
I don't like phone much. I just have it for certain communication and can actually leave without it. I prefer talking to people face to face coz I will see their reaction and facial expression. It shows real emotions as well. The longest I was on phone was 15 minutes coz I was helping some fix something and for me its way too much already.
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
13 Dec 07
On a daily basis I don't spend time on the phone. I'd rather communicate through email. If a sister calls though or one of my kids about 30 minutes is all I can handle. I am not big on talking on the phone!
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@derek_a (10897)
13 Dec 07
In my business, I only spend the time necessary to have a conversation on the phone. With my family though, I often spend far too long - but don't tell them I said that! LOL
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
13 Dec 07
I usually only spend a few minutes here and a few minutes there talking on the phone. Whether it is talking to my husband, my mom, or someone else. I'm not much of a phone girl. I think I got my fill of phones when I was a teen, because now I could do without it. Oh, wait a minute. I can't do without a phone because then I wouldn't be able to get on the Internet...darn this dial up connection. :P
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@balasri (26549)
• India
13 Dec 07
I never speak a word moire than necessary in the phone.The lore you speak the less you are respected is my motto.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
13 Dec 07
Hi lordwarwizard! The phone for me is important because this is one of the tools of communication where I can be easily reached by my clients. I used for business purposes and well yes of course, to check on my father and grandmother. But I really can't stay on the phone for a long time than I used to when I was a lot younger where just like you, I can be on the phone for hours and hours with friends. LOL! I guess, it is different when you get older. haha..Take care and have a nice day! :)
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• Singapore
14 Dec 07
You must be a very good speaker then! :)
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
14 Dec 07
Hi lordwarwizard! Thank you for the compliment but to be honest with you, I am not really a good speaker, I am a shy person. I think the people I talk to are simply nice, kind and patient with me. LOL! Take care and have a nice day my friend! :)
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• United States
1 Mar 08
Hello again lordwarwizard! I am one of those people who have to be on the phone day and night. I talk to everyone anyone for hours at a time. Yes I email but with some of my friends it is way easier to call them over the phone then to email them because they get x thousand amount of messages per day so they may just over look my important message. The telephone is very important to me because of my grandparents. Seeing that they are very up there in age they can't just email me with an emergency so they contact through telephone. Also seeing that my boyfriend lives in North Carolina I rather hear his voice then get an email from him telling me how his day was because he could easily lye to me over the internet verus over the phone I can hear it in his voice when there is something wrong or something that is bothering him. I am a phoneaholic. I was especially happy when they came out with bluetooth so now I can talk to my friends, family and boyfriend hands free for hours. So lordwarwizard with that said NakitaLikely3617 is out!
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• Singapore
2 Mar 08
You are sure one who knows how to make use of the phone!
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
3 Feb 08
Greetings oh wizardly one, Without doubt, I spend as little time on the phone as possible. There are those select few who I tend to get into long conversations with. Though, as mentioned, they are few -- very few! My one brother is a real 'chatty cathy', and my sister tends to be, as well. My three closest friends can sometimes get me to stay on the phone too long, though on average it wouldn't exceed 15 minutes. I have learned to appreciate e-mail more than the telephone. Though, neither is an authentic substitute for face-to-face communication, so I tend to avoid telephone chatter. My convenient excuse to get off the telephone is always "Well, I'm gettin' a serious case of cauliflower ear. So, it's time to get a move on." When I was younger I was very drawn to the telephone. Though I suspect this is normal for teens and early twenty-somethings. I don't necessarily believe that we have less to say as we grow older. In fact, I suspect that just the opposite is true. Though, we seem to be less compelled to speak our truths. Being a long time proponent of quality over quantity, I suspect that what it really boils down to is: I'd rather wait for a face-to-face opportunity to share.
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• Singapore
15 Feb 08
Hi... I am seldom on the phone nowadays too.
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@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
13 Dec 07
Different factors come into play when determining how long I am on the phone. The most important is how busy I am at the moment, next being who I am on the phone with. I talk to my mom and avergage of 15 minutes. I can talk to my sister for hours, as well as my children's stepmom. I talk to my dad anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. If my husband is here with us, I talk to him for 2-3 minutes. If he is deployed or tdy, it could be anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, many times a day. I have a few family members that will talk and talk and talk. It is near impossible to get off the phone with them. These are the ones I don't talk to often.
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• Singapore
14 Dec 07
For me, I allow more time for "special" people too.:)
• United States
13 Dec 07
I need my phone as many of my friends are too far away to conveniently visit just for a quick chat. However, I hate talking on the phone.. I want to get said what must be said then get off.. I have few people with whom I chat for long.. When I was living away from my mom I called her at east once a day, but even that was a five minute or less "hi mom everything is fine, how are you" conversation.. even as a teenager I was not a chatter on phone, something my parents and friends' parents found odd lol.. unike my sibings who practiically lived one the phone.. I could happiily do without iit at all if I could contact my important people via email.. Ii have only a celphone now, having ditched our landline some months ago.. when I am at home, since my mom is here and I know she is ok, that is cut off when I enter the house.. and I was this way long before having jobs that entailed all day on the phone, but perhaps worse after having some of that type of job..
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• Singapore
14 Dec 07
Maybe you can even go webcam now.:)
@mcjeannie (704)
• Philippines
13 Dec 07
When I had my business still, I have to maintain four mobile phones.Two were used in my business and the other two for me.I use one for my personal calls and the other for business.I have to have it with me 24/7.I use it daily and spend most of my time in it as it necessitates. Today, I get to use it only twice a day.Gave one phone to my mother and the other one was snatched.I guess it comes handy these days when you are in a business but annoying if there are prank callers and texters.That's when its time to change your numbers like I did!
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• Singapore
14 Dec 07
Oh mine, that must be one h*ll of a job.:P