A long, long, time ago, in this galaxy, we used to answer the phone. (We only had one phone per family back in the olden days.) Because we had no idea who was calling. And honestly, it was exciting to hear the phone ring. You had to run faster than your siblings to grab the receiver from the wall, and find out who was on the other end. And it was a complete joy to know it was for YOU, and you smugly glared at your sisters as you stretched the phone cord into the other room for some private chat with your friend.
Those days are gone, and now it seems the phone call is no longer your friend. Or anyone's friend.