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