When’s the last time you left a friend a voicemail? If you can’t remember, don’t worry . . . it means you’re POLITE.
According to an article in the “New York Times”, the new rule of cell phone etiquette in this day and age is . . . only leave a voicemail if it’s a LIFE-OR-DEATH EMERGENCY.
Otherwise, hang up and send a text summarizing what you were going to say.
The theory here is that leaving a voicemail is a BURDEN on the other person. They have to actually go to the trouble of pressing the button and listening to it. And there’s nothing you’d say in a voicemail you can’t say in a text.
This reminds me of my Dad’s rule growing up. If the phone rang after 9pm, he would answer it “Are you dying or in jail?” If the person on the other end said “No,” he would hang up on them.