Do you prefer someone to ring you up or rather drop you a text?
Studies suggest one third of cellphone users don't make calls, and judging from on-air responses, many CapeTalk and 702 listeners share this sentiment.
Presenter Eusebius McKaiser spoke frankly about his anxiety in answering calls, and invited listeners to share their experiences with phone call phobia.
Here are just five of the reasons that explain why someone may not take your call:
1. They find it difficult to politely end lengthy conversations
I'd rather text, but people find it rude when you won't talk to them on the phone. I don't want to be on the phone for 60 minutes with you.— Prince, Nelspruit
I'd rather text coz people will call & drag the convo with nonsensical unrelated talk when all they wanted to say was I miss you @Eusebius— Lerato Monyatsi (@Lermon) October 6, 2016
2. They want to avoid being put on the spot
@Eusebius Hi Eusebius, I feel the same way about phone calls. People who calls u are people who want to bamboozle u and catch u off guard 😂— BizKasi App (@LeonardBuda) October 6, 2016
Eusebius adds that it's harder to say no on the phone, and easier to formulate an excuse via text.
You don't have a chance to turn down an invite for example. You have the space to lie via WhatsApp— Eusebius McKaiser,
@Eusebius I'm with u on this,calls are totally overrated! Texting give us freedom to ignore and time to think up a little lie🙈— Paledi (@SaniGlenn) October 6, 2016
3. Caller ID: They cannot filter unknown or unsaved numbers, so prefer not to answer all together
4. Some feel uncomfortable with verbal exchanges, and prefer online communication
There's no verbal communication, it's this whole e-talking. Nobody talks to each other directly anymore, we don't know how.— Kurt, caller
5. The convenience of smartphone technology, which also can be cheaper than calling
But Jill disagrees, and feels that tone and mood cannot be accurately translated without voice.
Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show(with Eusebius Mckaiser):