As a parent, I’ve become much more vigilant about carrying my phone around with me, even into meetings and places where I can’t easily step out to take a call. Thank goodness for caller ID, is all I can say.
In practice, my “should I answer it?” thought process has a few more qualifications than the above chart, although not many. Which of my contacts is calling is relevant. For instance, if I got a call from my brother, I would drop whatever I was doing to answer it, because my brother has literally not called me since the year 2010 and I can’t imagine what would prompt him to do it now. (We communicate by text.) And yes, I do have Little Boy’s daycare in my contacts, but only their main line; the teachers usually call from the classroom phones and I don’t have those all saved.
Also, when I say local number, I mean local as in “where I live,” not local as in “same area code as me.” Like many folks my age, I’ve moved since I was first assigned this number, and no one who’s not already in my contact list is going to be calling me from my original area code. I still get mystery calls from that region, though. They never leave a message, so they’re either genuine wrong numbers or scammers trying to spoof a number they think I’ll pick up.
On rare occasions, I still get calls for the guy who had this number before me, even though I’ve had it for more than a decade. Usually, it’s just automated spam with his name inserted, but once it was a real person. A collection agency, I think. I assured the lady on the other end that I had no idea where the guy was or how to contact him, and she never called back.
How do you decide whether or not to answer the phone?