Nothing is quite as irritating as sitting down to a plate of hot homemade food and getting a phone call without a caller I.D.

Robocall? A company soliciting you to apply for its credit card?

Or worse, a wonderful charity you regularly contribute to begging you for even more money.


This very morning a nice perky voice asked for me by name.

I was instantly reminded that one of my own children spent a summer marketing on the telephone.

Plus, I hate to be abrupt and I hate to hurt someone’s feelings, even though that person is encroching upon my time, my schedule.

In the past, I imagined that person and how her day was filled with hope.

That she would be successful, that this mundane job might lead to a bigger and brighter one, that she would ultimately  succeed in this crazy world.

I used to be sympathetic.

But that was before I was inundated with calls even until 9 p.m. at night and as early as 7:30 a.m.

That was before these insidious marketing people stole some of my humanity.

Shocked at myself I blurted out: “I already give regularly to this charity. I don’t want your  sales pitch!  Thank you and I hope you have a great day.” I was not shouting, but I slammed down the phone.

No, wait, I can’t even do that. I merely touched the button to turn it off. She left me feeling guilty on a bittersweet Monday morning.

I could have ignored the call, but twice I missed two long distance calls from my daughter overseas when her calls were routed through California.

Alas, what are we to do? Feeling as if all of us — even if we are listed on the no call registry — are destined to a lifetime of this frustration, I wondered if there was anyone on the planet who didn’t have to put up with unwanted calls. More searching.

“According to 21 March 2013 UN report: 6 billion people in the world already own cell phones. Which means the number who ‘never made a phone call’ has to be less than 1 billion, or 14%. Real number is probably quite a bit smaller, since in places like Africa pretty much everyone knows someone with a cell phone. — ”  Wiki says:

“Do you own a mobile phone or have access to the internet? Count yourself lucky as about a third of the world’s population is unable to access the internet while a staggering 1 billion people still do not own a mobile phone, showing many of the globe’s citizens are disconnected when it comes to modern-day communication.”

Another statistic came from 

These statistics vary  a bit. What do you think?

(Thanks Pinterest)


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