â€œI literally never use the phone,â€ Jonathan Adler, the interior designer, told me. (Alas, by phone, but it had to be.) â€œSometimes I call my mother on the way to work because sheâ€™ll be happy to chitty chat. But I just canâ€™t think of anyone else whoâ€™d want to talk to me.â€ Then again, he doesnâ€™t want to be called, either. â€œIâ€™ve learned not to press â€˜ignoreâ€™ on my cellphone because then people know that youâ€™re there.â€
I can’t remember the last time I answered an outside call on my office phone. When you’re in some kind of IT or tech field, 95% of the time it’s someone calling to try to sell you something you don’t want or need. Someone important will leave a message.