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Cell Phone Addict
updated: Sep 29, 2012, 1:00 PM

Dear Edda,

My husband is a high powered executive who works all the time. He leaves his office and comes home, but then he spends hours on the phone, either talking to a live person on the other end, or texting via voice dictation. This goes on at all hours, when we're out to eat, when we're watching TV, when he's out gardening, whenever. I understand this, because it is the nature of his job. But the thing that drives me crazy is that he is talking constantly - to his phone, to his office, to colleagues - and then he will say something to me in the middle of all of that and expect me to answer him! I have mostly learned to treat the constant talking as "white noise", and can even fall asleep in the middle of dinner. In fact, if it stopped, I wouldn't know what happened. But I would get a massive headache if I tried to listen to what he's saying in order to be prepared for the few sentences he might throw my way. His feelings get hurt when I don't answer him. I have suggested that he say my name first, so that I am ready to listen. Can you think of any other solutions?




Dear Oblivious,

Perhaps you could hide his phone charger?


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Edda Hatte is a loving and sympathetic advice columnist who helps Edhat subscribers navigate through their complicated and stressful lives. Send your questions to askedda@edhat.com.


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