I do not answer a phone call unless you are in my contacts. Because corporate surveillance companies like LinkedIn, Facebook and Google continue to attempt to add that data to their ever growing hoard, I have very few people in my address books. Perhaps less than fifty all up. I do not answer the phone for random strangers in the same way I would not talk to a stranger on the street.
Two years ago, I changed my phone number to block phone calls. I can easily be found via the Internet. There is no need for me to interrupt my life to answer a telephone call for their convenience.
But in the last couple years, there is a more specific reason for eyeing my phone’s ring warily. Perhaps 80 or even 90 percent of the calls coming into my phone are spam of one kind or another. Now, if I hear my phone buzzing from across the room, at first I’m excited if I think it’s a text, but when it keeps going, and I realize it’s a call, I won’t even bother to walk over. My phone only rings one or two times a day, which means that I can go a whole week without a single phone call coming in that I (or Apple’s software) can even identify, let alone want to pick up.
Why Doesn’t Anyone Answer the Phone Anymore? – The Atlantic : https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/05/ring-ring-ring-ring/561545/