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Quotations about Phone Phobia
& Hating to Talk on the Telephone

Related Quotes      Telephones    Social Anxiety    Speaking    Fear    Worry

Welcome to my page of quotations about a form of social anxiety known as phone phobia. Yes, this is a real thing. I'd rather drive several miles to have a face-to-face conversation with someone than to make even a 30-second phone call. Whenever I make or take a call, my heart races and I experience several other effects of anxiety which persist long after the call has ended. If this describes you too, please know that you are not alone. And thank goodness for the age of texting and internet! There are also a few quotes here about just plain hating to talk on the phone.  —ღ Terri  #infj #hsp

When the phone rings, it's like an attack on my life. I get confused. ~Leonard Michaels, The Men's Club, 1981

I'd rather sit down and write a brief note than call someone up. I hate telephones. ~Henry Miller, Q&A with Digby Diehl, 1972

Talking on the phone is a unique kind of social interaction that can in some ways be even more daunting than in-person conversation. In person, you pick up a lot of emotional cues by watching someone’s body language. But on the phone, you lose those small gestures (like a smile) that subtly give you encouragement during the conversation. ~Tiffany Chi, "Could Your Fear of Talking on the Phone be Social Anxiety?,", 2016

[T]here were only a few people he felt comfortable with on the telephone... Ordinarily Ernest advanced upon a telephone with dark suspicion, virtually stalking it from behind. He picked it up gingerly and placed it to his ear as if to determine whether something inside was ticking. When he spoke into it his voice became constricted and the rhythm of his speech changed, the way an American's speech changes when he talks with a foreigner. Ernest would invariably come away from a telephone conversation physically exhausted, sweated, and driven to stiff drink. ~A. E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway, 1966

I recently read a quiz on how to tell if you're an introvert and one of the questions was:  if, when a phone rings in a room, do you react as though a gun has gone off? Yes, that's me. Annie Get Your i-Phone.  ~Debora Robertson, "It's not just millennials: the rise of the midlife phone-phobe,", 2018

All phone calls are obscene. ~Karen Elizabeth Gordon, unverified

I may have some grey hairs and eye liner older than Ariana Grande, but in one respect I am youthful, vital, and absolutely au courant. Along with those decades younger than me, I will do anything to avoid speaking on the phone. ~Debora Robertson, "It's not just millennials: the rise of the midlife phone-phobe,", 2018

Being afraid to speak on the phone can have serious consequences: you might pass on a dream job, avoid scheduling necessary doctor’s appointments, or hurt relationships with your friends and family all to avoid talking on the phone. ~Tiffany Chi, "Could Your Fear of Talking on the Phone be Social Anxiety?,", 2016

I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child... My hemmings and hawings over the telephone cause long-distance callers to switch from their native English to pathetic French. At parties, if I attempt to entertain people with a good story, I have to go back to every other sentence for oral erasures and inserts... In these circumstances nobody should ask me to submit to an interview if by "interview" a chat between two normal human beings is implied. ~Vladimir Nabokov, Strong Opinions, 1973

But when I get in the telephone booth I may get tongue-tied, and that's why I send you the letter. ~Henry Miller, letter to Anaïs Nin, 1933

Dying's not so bad. At least I won't have to answer the telephone. ~Rita Mae Brown, Venus Envy, 1993  [Frazier Armstrong —tg]

I don't know if you write letters
or you panic on the phone —
I'd like to call you, all the same
If you want to, I am game...
~Lisa Hannigan, "I Don't Know," 2008  ♫

"Give them a ring"
"I've emailed"
"Be quicker to ring"
"I've sent a text as well"
"Just ring them"
"I'll send another email"
~Rob Temple, Very British Problems, Volume 3: Still Awkward, Still Raining, 2017, @SoVeryBritish

I hate talking on the phone. I especially hate talking on the phone to strangers. I tell myself: I can't do this. I tell myself: I have to do this. With trembling hands, I reach for the receiver. ~Aaron Latham, Riding with John Wayne, 2006

I hate phones. I often tell my congregation that if I wake up in eternity and hear a telephone ringing, I'll know I've gone the wrong way. ~John Hagee, Being Happy in an Unhappy World, 1989

Telephonophobia, in plain terms, means fear of telephones but it’s not the physical telephone that haunts. It includes fear of receiving or making a call. ~Maitreya1969,, 2013

I hate phones with a passion, and have nightmares about them. ~Mark Carwardine, On the Trail of the Whale, 1994

In the nineteenth century, among other things, they didn't have telephones. You can become the victim of telephones. That's why I hate talking on the phone. Sometimes I put it in the refrigerator. ~Willie Morris, 1982

I doubt that I'm psychotic, but I do hate phones. I don't like people much, either, especially when I have to observe complicated rules of etiquette like those that the phone requires. ~John Philpin & Patricia Sierra, Tunnel of Night, 1999

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