Am I breaking some unwritten cell phone rule?
September 30, 2013 9:29 AM Subscribe
When people call my cell phone and don't leave a voicemail, I tend not to call them back. Should I? Is there a pervasive cultural expectation of which I am unaware that one is obligated to return missed calls?
posted by coppermoss to human relations (93 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
My assumption is that if someone calls me and doesn't leave a voicemail, the reason for their call was a) unimportant or b) time-sensitive enough that leaving a voicemail and waiting for my return call would be futile. I realized the other day that I have no basis for this assumption.
So, am I totally off-base? Is there a widely held expectation that one ought to call people back when their missed calls show up on one's phone? Note: no one has complained about this behavior, but I guess I'm concerned about being knowns as That Flake Who Never Returns Calls.
Relevant info: I grew up using landlines and did not get a cell phone until I left for college (I am 24). Our landlines did not have caller ID, so there were no caller ID-related phone etiquette lessons growing up.