Why some people don't answer their phones



  • 1 It distracts them

    Some people find phone calls very distracting. They prefer not to answer them especially if they are working on something.

  • 2 Fear of losing much time

    If a person expects the caller to talk for a long period of time, they might not answer the calls just not to lose that amount of time. This is more likely to happen if the person is already busy.

  • 3 They prefer texting

    Studies have shown that some people, especially millennials, prefer texting over voice calls. In such a case, the person might choose not to answer in order to respond with a text.

  • 4 They are type A's

    Type A personalities are more likely to ignore phone calls, especially if they are working. Type A personalities hate wasting time and might not respond to a phone call if they can't predict the length of the conversation beforehand.

  • 5 They don't want long arguments

    Some people prefer to reply with a text than answer a call in order not to get into further arguments. In such a case, those people try to settle things fast by responding with one or two messages.

  • 6 They didn't recognize the number

    Some people prefer not to answer a phone call from an unknown number. In such a case, those people won't answer a call if they don't have the caller's number.

  • 7 They don't want to speak in public

    Some people don't like to talk on their phones in public. They prefer to answer privately when they are alone and so they might not respond to many of the calls they get.

  • 8 The call makes them uncomfortable

    People might not reply to calls that make them feel uncomfortable. A call can make a person uncomfortable for many reasons including shyness, not knowing the caller well or bad expectations about the call.

  • 9 They find calls annoying

    For some people phone calls are considered intrusive. Those people don't like the fact that phone calls invade their private lives.

  • 10 They are in the middle of something

    A person could not respond to a call because he is in the middle of something. Those people usually answer their phones when they are free and when they can do it.

  • 11 They are introverts

    According to a Quora thread, introverts are more likely to respond to texts than messages because they don't like phone calls, especially when strangers are calling.