Everyone on Twitter agrees: making phone calls is the worst
Sometimes there are things online that have the ability to bring everyone together, no matter where we’re from, what we do, or who we are. Today, that thing is anxiety. Specifically the anxiety that prefaces that one specific thing we all hate: making a phone call.
Sure, it sounds harmless. “Yes, I can call you. On the telephone. And speak actual words, verbally, with my actual voice,” we think when someone asks us to give them a call. Or when a given situation requires a phone call. It shouldn’t be a big deal. Heck, twenty years ago that’s all there was — phone calls. On house phones, even. Ones with chords!
But now, we’re so used to the convenience of texting and even emailing, that using our voices to speak with another human being is now one of the most daunting tasks imaginable for many people. Twitter user Roly totally gets us, because they are one of us.
Am I the only one who has real anxiety about making phone calls to people I don’t know? I’ve been sitting here for 30mins trying to psych myself up to do this stupid call..
— Roly (@RolyUnGashaa) January 17, 2018
YOU ARE NOT ALONE, ROLY. NOT ALONE BY FAR.
And because tweeting something is so much more preferable than actual conversation, people came out in droves to share their own tales of Telephone Anxiety.
you are most definitely not alone, usually takes me all day to hype myself up to phone the dentist or the bank & I end up putting it off til about 5pm😂— Sophie ✨ (@sophdoesnails) January 17, 2018
omg literally JUST did the same thing to call to get an appointment at a new doctor... WHY IS IT SO SCARY!?!— Mark Pochow (@MarkPochow) January 17, 2018
Nope your not the only one who gets like that pic.twitter.com/h8VIT5cQSQ— Ceris Long (@CareBear2910) January 17, 2018
I even have anxiety about making calls to people I do know! Nothing worse than a brand or something being like "can we arrange a call this week?" No no no no just email me 😂— Kaya Lili 🖤✨ (@x_ToxicTears) January 17, 2018
UGH work calls with acquaintances, colleagues or potential new employers are the worst. Because you’re trying so hard not to sound awkward and to effectively respond in a manner that makes actual sense.
I love living with my Mum still make her do all my calls 😂 but I understand this so much— Em misses Spence | 5 days ☺️💗 (@emma_gubby) January 17, 2018
Too real. I also often don’t answer if I don’t know who is calling. And if they don’t leave a voicemail I won’t call back.— Kieran Renfrew (@KieranRen) January 17, 2018
^Yup. This is my go-to in these instances.
Dread it and I work in a call center— scott schlesinger (@thebigreddude) January 17, 2018
Damn. Every day of work is basically like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for poor Scott.
Exactly, if I can't order it online we're not getting it.— Kristin (@knicols) January 17, 2018
Praise be for online ordering when it comes to takeout.
It may sound silly to older generations, or even to anyone without anxiety. But I also don’t know a more universally dreaded activity than placing a telephone call — especially to people you’re not super comfortable with or know very well.
The Stages Of A Phone Call, In GIFs:
1. “Okay, it’s time to make that call.”
2. “Lemme find that number. Am I dialing this right? My hands are shaking.”
3. “It’s ringing. Oh God, here we go. How long do I let it ring for? Can I just hangup after, like, three rings?”
3. “What did you say? No, you go ahead. Sorry.” *Nervous laughter on repeat for all eternity*
4.”HUZZAH! HALLELUJAH! THEY DIDN’T ANSWER!
If you’re wondering how it all turned out for Roly, they eventually did make the call.
I DID IT 😂😂— Roly (@RolyUnGashaa) January 17, 2018
Bravo, soldier. Bravo.