Thursday, December 06, 2007

Pet Peeve #52- Call Waiting

Call Waiting. It could probably rank higher than 52 but I'm not going to quibble which should be higher call waiting or cell phones that don't accept calls only texts. Grrr....

A few weeks ago I was on the phone with a friend when she interrupted me mid-sentence to proclaim than another friend was on the other line. No, we weren't going to have a three-way convo here. Simply that, Hey! You are less important than this here chicky, so bye now! Without a word in I was disconnected. Eewww.

I mentioned it to H later that day because I found it so blatantly tacky and thoughtless. He too agreed and we laughed it off at how technology has made us all the more personal (like this here blog) and yet enables us to lack manners in an ever increasing way.

Call waiting makes my blood pressure shoot up and instantly make me seethe. It's a little invention that I'm not sure Alexander Graham Bell would entirely approve of. Oh I admit, I used to have call waiting. I used it too. Then I got rid of it because really? There's voice mail. If you don't want to leave a message then fine, call me back later. But call waiting? Nothing says you are unimportant more than using call waiting. So I say if you must use it keep it to yourself. Don't tell the other person that there's another call coming in and you would rather get that one. Especially if you called the person you are hanging up on in the first place. It's rude and it's tacky. Just simply excuse yourself from the conversation and let that be that. No one is the wiser. Especially if that person you are hanging up on is your wife.



  1. Sounds more like the peeve is the person abusing the call waiting...more so than the call waiting itself. LOL

    I have it. I either ignore the incoming call (check the ID) or click over quickly to say I'll have to call later.

    That's because I 100% agree with you!

    Using My Words

  2. Oh I am so with you! It's a nice feature to have, in case of emergency or whatnot.....we don't have it though. I figure the poeple who would really need me have my cell, so if my line is busy they can call that. But my Grama does that mid-sentence-interrupt-to-answer-the-beep thing and it makes me So mad!


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