When I'm at work, I don't pay attention to my phone. If it's an emergency, you should be dialing 911. If you're important enough to me, you have my office number.
When I'm at home, I don't pay attention to my phone. If it's an emergency, you should be dialing 911. If you're important enough to me, my phone is set with a distinctive alarm.
Anywhere in between, I'm driving my car and not answering the phone.
As for telemarketers, robocalls, and the Do Not Call List, stop answering your phone. The Do Not Call List means nothing for those calling from out of the country and those within could care less. Unless there are enough complaints, nothing is done. Today's computers are programmed to recognize when a call is answered by a human. Pick-up the phone and they know it's a real number, to which they keep calling. You may think you're being cute and wasting their time, but you're just setting yourself up for future calls.
Texting and email is much more convenient. I can read and respond at my leisure. I can pretend to have never received it at all
. I can even insert a picture. Afterall, a picture is worth a thousand words