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Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:40 AM

When do you think it's too late at night to call someone?

Home phone rang last night about a quarter of 10:00 from a parent for a PTO thing. Not someone we know or are friends with. Seemed a little late to me, but maybe I'm an old grump.

What say DU? What time is too late? And is there a difference between calling a cell and land line?
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8:00
3 (27%)
9:00
6 (55%)
10:00
1 (9%)
11:00
0 (0%)
After Dark
0 (0%)
It's 2014, who still has a land line?
1 (9%)
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Reply When do you think it's too late at night to call someone? (Original post)
ok_cpu Aug 2014 OP
hlthe2b Aug 2014 #1
ok_cpu Aug 2014 #7
tabbycat31 Aug 2014 #18
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2014 #2
kath Aug 2014 #3
Ron Obvious Aug 2014 #4
Tuesday Afternoon Aug 2014 #5
ok_cpu Aug 2014 #6
Tuesday Afternoon Aug 2014 #8
NightWatcher Aug 2014 #9
HipChick Aug 2014 #10
UrbScotty Aug 2014 #11
Populist_Prole Aug 2014 #12
TBF Aug 2014 #13
Gidney N Cloyd Aug 2014 #14
47of74 Aug 2014 #21
Chan790 Aug 2014 #15
orleans Aug 2014 #16
a la izquierda Aug 2014 #17
Yavin4 Aug 2014 #19
ok_cpu Aug 2014 #22
IrishEyes Aug 2014 #20
NaturalHigh Aug 2014 #23

Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:44 AM

1. I have had a pollster call me at 10PM! After giving him a good tongue lashing, I promptly hung up

Sleep is too important and one doesn't know if the person on the other end is a 4 AM riser--or a night owl.

I say 9 PM is the cut-off and no, cell v. land line makes no difference--hell, how does the caller even know which they are calling in most instances, unless a close friend? Not to mention how few people I know even have land lines now.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 12:59 PM

7. I always thought 9:00 was the law

For marketing and collections. I know it is for collection calls.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 08:36 PM

18. It used to be that calls were free on cells after 9

I used to have people wait to call me after then because it was a difference of the call counting against my minutes or not (never had a landline of my own). Most of my peers were in similar situations, so any chatty phone calls would take place after 9 or on weekends.

Now it's a moot point because many cell plans have unlimited minutes, but when I only had 200 it made a difference.

I would not take a call from an unknown number after 9.

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:52 AM

2. Depends on who it is calling, I think.

Assuming it is not an emergency, of course.
Down here, any time after 8 pm is pushing it, for friends and neighbors, unless it is urgent,
People go to bed between 9 and 10 here, mostly, and that is well known.

Calling at 9 pm is LATE, for casual calls.

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:52 AM

3. I generally don't call after 9:00pm, except for close family members whom I know stay up late.

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 11:55 AM

4. I don't call anyone after 9 unless agreed on beforehand

I also don't keep my phone in the bedroom and have the ringer off on the landline. Late and early phone calls are usually bad news, and I sleep poorly enough as it is.

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 12:32 PM

5. After 9pm for business and acquaintances. After 10pm for close friends and family and then,

only if it is very important/emergency type situation.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 12:57 PM

6. 9:00 seems to be consensus

Maybe I'm not a grump after all.

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Response to ok_cpu (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 01:02 PM

8. That type of phone call should be done before 9pm. That was bad manners on their end.

Having said that, I live in 24/7/365 type of Business and, some few people have carte blanche permission to call me
any time day or night.

very.very.few.

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 01:21 PM

9. 7:00 PM is the cut off for non-emergency or other stuff that can wait till after 10AM tomorrow

PTO BS can wait till tomorrow.

Friends or family can call until 9 unless it's important. Good friends will shoot a text to see if they can call.

I actually prefer texts for BS that I can either read or ignore and that do not require my immediate reply.

I no longer have a landline, so odds are I won't even answer unless I recognize your number and want to talk to you at that moment. Leave a message and I might get back.

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 01:31 PM

10. Doesn't matter...I never pick up the phone

I screen everything...goes straight to voicemail

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 02:05 PM

11. 9:00, unless you know the other person is up (nt)

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 02:44 PM

12. The rules I impose on myself, and expect others to respect/abide by

9-ish PM for friends and family. 8 PM for everybody else.

Now I'm a late to bed, late to rise type due to my work schedule, so my body clock has been on "night owl" setting for decades, and there are few people that know my schedule and they know I don't mind at all if certain people in my circle call as late as 10 or even 11 PM.

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 03:18 PM

13. I'd say not before 9a or after 9p

if you're dealing with a landline especially.

I have a cell that I keep on vibrate. If there's something important at night I will get it when I wake up. If I am awaiting someone's phone call I might turn the sound on or check frequently - especially if an immediate family member isn't at home. Other than that they can wait.

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 03:20 PM

14. If it rings before 9AM I assume someone's died. If it rings AFTER 9PM, someone BETTER have.

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #14)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 09:56 PM

21. I like that rule.

 

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 05:28 PM

15. I generally don't make phone calls after 2am. n/t

 

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 06:07 PM

16. for something non social like school crap i'd say 7 at the latest

for friends/family--well, we have unusual hours so basically anytime

on edit: usually not between 4 and 10 am thank you.

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 07:13 PM

17. Just text me.

I generally don't want to actually talk to anyone.

Yeah, I've been in that kind of mood lately.

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 09:01 PM

19. If it's a booty call from Charlize Theron then any time works for me.

Any time.

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #19)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 10:12 PM

22. Well, yeah. n/t

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sat Aug 30, 2014, 09:18 PM

20. I wouldn't call after 9:00pm

Unless it was really important or I had prearranged to talk to them later. I have some friends and family members that work nights or unusual hours so sometimes I get phone calls late. Most people know I stay up until 11:00pm or midnight.

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Response to ok_cpu (Original post)

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 05:45 PM

23. For the most part, I say 10:00.

However, my parents are both retired now, and Mom says they never go to bed before 11:30. I'll occasionally call them after 10 if I happen to think of something I want to tell them.

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