For future reference, I would just like to state that for me, these are the only phone calls that you are allowed not to answer:
- from someone who’s selling something
- from someone who’s asking to get paid
The rest of the time, especially when you recognize the number because it’s saved in your phone book, you should answer your phone because you never know. Even if the call is from an acquaintance you’re not particularly fond of, you never know if he/she will give important information that will affect the rest of your life. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
And if for example you were too busy to answer the phone call, maybe you were in an important meeting or in the shower, it’s not that difficult to send a text message to the person who called you to ask what it was about. Or if you’re one of those people who think that “If it’s important enough, then they’ll call again.” then that’s fine, too. You don’t have to send a text message. But, do try to answer the call that comes after the one you missed. It will only take you a few seconds to decide if the call is worth taking or not anyway. If it does happen to be about something you don’t want to talk about, then make an excuse to hang up. But don’t, I repeat don’t, just let your phone ring and ring and ring and ring and ring and ring. And ring. Because it makes me feel like a fool. I mean, it will probably make the person who’s calling you, whoever he or she may be, feel like a fool.