4 Dec 2009

Hello, this is David

That's how I've answered the phone for 20 years.

It saves me time, and the caller confusion. I wonder why people still do this:
[ring ring]
David: Hello?
Caller: Hello? Yes I'm calling for David.
David: Oh, yes. This is David
In the days before cell phones, this method saved no time; it's a real waste now...

Seems that this "institution" is wasteful. Am I missing something? Are people afraid to identify themselves when they pick up the phone? Why answer it then?