I heard on the radio today as I was driving back home from a meeting the topic of cell phones discussed. The DJ said that back in the day, you know the day before cell phones, that people felt free to screen calls. She said that now there is an expectation that if somebody calls your cell phone you’ll answer right away.
I was handed my first cell phone in 2002. It was work issued. I would have probably held out longer if I had to purchase get it myself. Now I can’t imagine not having one, but I’ve always rejected the idea that it is a leash.
I feel free to screen calls if I’m meeting with someone, if I’m in the middle of writing or a project, if it is late at night and I don’t recognize the number, or anytime I’m at a place where I just don’t want to take a phone call.
I’ve screened calls by, not one, but two Presidential candidates (no not robo calls, but them personally calling me and leaving a message). I think availability is important so I don’t just not answer for the heck of it and people who leave messages will get a call back from me, but I’m not a slave to my cell phone.
Except for when my wife or kids call. If you’re meeting with me that’s the only phone call I’ll take during our meeting. Other than that you have my full attention.
What say you?