1. They are still using the phone to call people. What do they think this is? 2004?
2. They don’t understand it’s easier to text than leave to a voicemail. If you really need to talk to me, can’t you just text me asking me to call you?
3. They also don’t understand it’s easier to email than leave a voicemail. Are you a company calling about a prospective job? A doctor’s office calling about an appointment? A co-worker calling from FIVE DESKS DOWN? Because you know you can just email me, right?
4. They usually leave awkward and unnecessarily long messages that leave you feeling uncomfortable after. At least in a text or email you can take time to make yourself seem intelligent and of course, get to your point as quickly as possible.
5. They sometimes leave a different phone number for you to call them back on that is different from the phone number they called you on. When this happens, you have to replay the voicemail a thousand times until you can write down the number that you have to call them back on.
6. They are the reason you have to record a voicemail message. Which is actually the most awkward thing ever, especially when you have to record one for your work phone in your office while other people can hear you.
7. They think you listen to your voicemail. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
8. They get mad when you don’t listen to your voicemail.
9. They get mad when you text them back instead of calling them back. “Hey – you called?” If I send that text to you, take it as a compliment. It means I actually want to talk to you.
10. They get mad that your voicemail is full. Well, if people like you didn’t leave me so many unnecessary voicemails, this wouldn’t be a problem, would it?!