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Dear Poll: Do You Screen?

It's Tuesday — four days after you hit the town with your girlfriends and gave out your number to a few potential suitors. They've passed the three-day rule so your phone is bound to start ringing. But when it does, and you don't recognize the number, will you answer it or send the call straight to voicemail? I never answer calls I don't know, especially the unidentified ones, but I have many friends that answer their phone no matter what. Of course no way is better than the other, but ladies, what I want to know is, do you screen your calls or answer numbers that you don't recognize?


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LadyP LadyP 9 years
I only answer numbers I know. If I don't know the number, they'll leave a message if it's important.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i agree with melizzle. if it's important they'll leave a message. or better yet, the way to get an immediate response is through text message.
melizzle melizzle 9 years
I'm a chronic screener. If it's important, they'll leave a message.
linb linb 9 years
I get a lot of 'wrong numbers' so if I don't recognize the number I let it go to voicemail. If they know me, they will leave a message.
sanriano sanriano 9 years
i dont really like answering calls. as i dont have a personal assistant to take care of them, screening will do. i dont always screen, however. those exempt from screening are my boyfriend, family (parents sometimes get screened, only if they're likely to just ask of my whereabouts), and close friends. the rest say hello to my voicemail. screening is great for unknown numbers, and voicemail is great to find out what they really want before you talk to them, hehe.
Muirnea Muirnea 9 years
I don't answer numbers I don't know, unless, im expecting a number I don't know, for ex., work, school,etc.
Poster-of-a-Girl Poster-of-a-Girl 9 years
Ugh, I used to get all these creepers who somehow got my number and would call obsessively in the middle of the night.. I have had some seriously bad experiences with phones.. so I screen, unless there are special circumstances like I' applying for a job. On the flip side my number is restricted so no one ever picks up when I call them! LOL. So I always have to leave a message going "Hey, it's just me" and then people call me back two minutes later. Gets kinda annoying sometimes..
kaenai kaenai 9 years
I always screen. I'm truly paranoid about using my phone (hard to explain), so I almost have to. I've signed up with GrandCentral, though, so I now have a number I can give out where people can't really reach me unless I want them to; otherwise they get a voice mail, and I get an email, and contact them when I'm ready.
techkim techkim 9 years
my cell is also for my business so I cannot answer numbers I don't know but man when I know its someone I don't want to talk too I make sure I have their name with their numbers so I can just push the busy button on my phone LOL.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
3 day rule? my gosh, glad i'm not dating anymore. i only give my cell number to people i want to talk to. occasionally someone else gets it but i let it go to voice mail if it's a number i don't know (or someone i don't want to talk with).
Marci Marci 9 years
I screen most of the time but not always. And that three-day rule thing is so dumb. My fiance is the only guy I ever dated who did not do that, if that says anything about that rule.
lilwildone1202 lilwildone1202 9 years
i always answer my house phone (we don't have caller id and only a handful of people know it). i almost always screen my cell tho, esp when i get philly area codes calling me bc i haven't lived there in over a year so its like 'ok who are you and why are you tryin to call me i dont live there anymore'. i just figured if someone wants to get in touch w/ me that bad they'll leave a message bc i do that when i am calling someone
amh678 amh678 9 years
I always screen my calls! If I don't know the number, I don't answer. I figure if it's important they'll leave a message. And if it says "Restricted" then I know it's my ex-boyfriend trying to fool me into answering the phone - so that's always a no pick-up!
Pistil Pistil 9 years
When I was a party girl I used to give my number out to all kinds of people... So I had to screen my calls :OY: I still don't answer unless I know the number, but I don't usually have to worry about that anymore.
legallyblonde legallyblonde 9 years
I never answer an unidentified number!
cjmara805 cjmara805 9 years
I was job hunting until a few weeks ago so naturally I got a lot of phone calls from unidentified numbers, and I answered! Could have been a possible opportunity. Now I screen calls. If they really want to reach me they can leave a voicemail.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
I hella screen.
LittleLady12 LittleLady12 9 years
I ALWAYS screen. Sometimes even when I know who's calling!
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
I never screen. If it rings, and I feel like talking, I pick it up. My number is unlisted and I never receive unwanted calls, but if I did, they'd think twice about calling me again. :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I always screen my calls. I pick-up only numbers I know. I'm picky about who has access to me.
CoMMember13630786602261 CoMMember13630786602261 9 years
I only answer phone numbers that I know. on my birthday my BFs whole family tried to call me to wish me a happy birthday and I didnt answer the phone because I didnt recognize the numbers, I felt like such an ass. :p
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I generally always answer my phone. Exceptions: people I'm intentionally avoiding :-p, telemarketers, and anyone who shows up as "name unknown, number unknown."
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
I answer any phone call I want to... but there are people I don't want to talk to, like exes, who are in my phone so I won't accidentally pick up the phone.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I always screen as well. If they really want to talk to me, they'll leave a voicemail.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Sorry, I forgot to ask--what three-day rule? Is it that they waited three days to call? Because if anyone I'd given my number to waited that long, I'd probably have forgotten who they were or why I thought they were attractive in the first place...
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