Why a millennial won’t take your phone call

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  • A survey bared the reasons why a millennial opt to not pick up when receiving a call
  • Surprisingly, it is not often about fear of work responsibilities
  • It is actually due to points that are reasonable

If you’re calling a millennial via a mobile device, there could be a higher chances that they won’t pick up.

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While many of them are on their phones most of the time, a study showed that there is a slimmer chance of them taking the call. It is because they think phone calls are “too time consuming.”

According to a survey the top reason why millennials don’t want to talk on the phone is because it consumes too much time and surprisingly, they listed the reasons involving work responsibilities on the bottom.

BankMyCell, a gadget retail site, conducted the survey and asked more than 1,200 respondents, who are 22 to 37 years old and all from the United States.

The respondents listed “time-consuming calls” as the top reason for not taking the call. Next on the list was they try to avoid the call due to a needy person, turning up to an event, someone wants a favor, verbal confrontation, people hearing my call, and work responsibilities.

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A report emphasized a point made by blogger Hillel Fuld about taking calls: It’s simple, if you text or email someone, they can respond on their time. But if you call someone, they need to respond right now on your time. It’s just inconsiderate.

It was also revealed that 81% of the respondents admitted that they feel anxious about talking on the phone while almost one in five respondents said they felt they have to prepare themselves before making a call.

The survey noted that “being in front of a screen since they were born can attribute to people not having the ability to connect effortlessly with others. This particular phenomenon has a name (telephonophobia) and it’s essentially defined by a mental anxiety of interacting with others on the phone.”

“When you break this down you can see why people opt to hide behind emails and messaging. ‘Am I going to come across bad or say something wrong?’ When you talk to someone on the phone, you can feel vulnerable as you have less time to professionally convey your opinion or articulate your reply. Unfortunately, without people challenging themselves and hiding behind technology, they risk not developing these communication skills and becoming increasingly isolated,” the survey stated.