Ring, ring

Why is it that if your home phone goes after about 9pm, everybody in the house looks at each other as if to say “Who is that, who could be ringing here at this time?” Why do we always presume its going to be bad news? Why don’t we just pick up the phone and find out? Why, when we do pick up the phone, are we exasperated and annoyed with the friend who just called us to pass on a bit of info or say hi? What’s wrong with ringing a landline after 9pm anyway?

Most interestingly, why do none of these social norms apply to our mobile phones, which we’re happy to take calls and texts on late into the night? They don’t apply to email or IM’s either. This whole communication thing is a minefield.


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