I realized today that I’ve had my phone since November and I still haven’t set up my voicemail. That’s okay, because the majority of most people’s phone calls now are scams and spam.
The first cell phone I owned was a Nokia phone in 2002. The first thing I did was set up my voicemail. Back then it was fashionable to record a song on your phone as part of your outgoing message. I’ve used Adore by Prince, That Geico Remind Me song, and after a breakup, Usher’s U Don’t Have to Call. Then I got older and realized it was all a waste of time. I began using the default outgoing message and left it at that.
When The Sopranos was still on TV, I used to watch religiously. Of course, this was before I realized every character on that show was a terrible human being who shouldn’t be praised. Steve Buscemi’s character, Tony Blundetto, was a favorite of mine during the one season he was on. His outgoing phone message was “Don’t leave messages on this phone.” At the time I didn’t understand why. While we may have different reasons for not having a desire to use voicemail, I get it. If it’s a friend or family member they can send a text. If it’s a scammer, then good riddance. Anyone else can just call back if it’s that important. Granted, they might be calling me because I won a million dollars, but the probability of that happening is so low that I’m willing to risk it.