The 5 Most Common Excuses for Not Answering Your Phone

Someone polled over 1,200 Americans and asked what their go-to excuse is when they get a phone call and don’t want to answer it.

The calls we’re most likely to avoid are ones we know will be time-consuming. Calls from whiny or needy people are next. Around half of us will also ignore a call if we know it’s someone who needs a favor. And 41% of us will avoid calls if we’re in public.

Here are the top five excuses people use after dodging someone’s call:

  1. “I didn’t hear it ring” or “It was on vibrate.”  63% said it’s their go-to excuse.
  2. “I had a bad signal.”  A distant second place with 12% of the vote.
  3. “I was in a meeting,” 9%.
  4. “I was driving,” 6%.
  5. “I couldn’t find my phone,” 5%.

It also looked at the top PEOPLE we dodge calls from. And you’d expect family to be #1. But, friends are actually first, then family, coworkers, our boss, and our significant other.



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