I have a friend whose voice mail box is always full. When I call him, if he doesn’t answer (which is most of the time,) I almost always hear “Hi, you’ve reached David. Leave a message and I’ll call you back,” followed immediately by the Verizon voice saying “The mailbox is full and cannot accept messages at this time. Goodbye.” If there’s something I really wanted to tell him right away, or I want to explicitly ask him to call me back, I then have to send him a text. Once in a while I used to text him, “delete your voicemails!” but he never seemed to do this.
I was about to ask why someone would never delete their voicemails, but in the course of thinking about this, I realized the problem might be that he never even listens to them. Because on the rare occasion when I was able to leave a message, he’d call me back and say “what’s up?” I’d go “uh…” thinking he was about to say something pertaining to whatever I’d said in the message, and he’d say “I saw you called, but I didn’t listen to my voicemail.” So it seems that if he sees a missed call, he just calls the person back without checking his voicemail. I have to assume that on those rare occasions I’ve been able to leave a message, it’s only been because some old message had just expired.
So I guess the question is, why do some people never check their voicemail? Lack of patience? Does it seem easier to them to just call the person back and ask what’s up? It would drive me crazy to have my little voicemail indicator perpetually on, never knowing what was in all the many messages that must be in there, nor who had left them. Do you know anyone who does this?
(I’ve asked my friend why he never deletes his voicemails. He basically just hemmed and hawed and didn’t answer the question.)