This thing sits on a table by my chair to annoy me. It has no respect for my privacy. I am greatly annoyed by it.
At our house the phone ringing means everything comes to a halt, you climb over furniture, walk over people, or whatever, but you must answer that ringing phone. Bob doesn't hear so well so I'm the primary one to answer the phone. I don't agree that the world has to stop just because the phone is ringing.
If I'm listening to a book and I see the caller ID is unknown to me I do not answer it. That means Bob will appear by my chair in a matter of seconds to say, "Who was that?" I then have to remove my ear buds to explain why I did not answer. He picks the phone up then to get the number and heads off to the computer to see if he can find who called and why they called. That annoys me beyond belief.
Our son and his wife give the phone no respect at all. Call their number and it is highly unlikely they will answer. The problem is they are very bad about not listening to voicemail. That annoyed me until he finally got an iPhone. Now I just text him and quickly get a response, problem solved.
Our daughter in Texas is a professional woman and very busy. More times than not I call at a bad time. Texting is the way to go with her also. Usually on the week-end I get a phone call from her when she has some time to visit.
A sister-in-law checks on all incoming calls and I don't mind that. I do mind that she then reports to me who was calling, what they wanted, and what she is going to do about the situation. By that time I have forgotten what we were talking about.
By the way, do not call me on my cell phone as I have never learned to answer it. Text messages are always welcome. Now I just have to wait until the world catches up.