Can't talk now

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Who is this Button for?

Busy, industrious people who have no time for ‘small talk’.

People whose catchphrase is ‘Can I call you back?’

Parents, especially fathers[1], frustrated with the stupid questions their kids seem to be asking all the time.

Provocative Suggestions

Repeat over and over ‘Time is money, time is money, time is money...’

Be patient: your children will leave home soon and stop bothering you with their childish comments.


The cell phone has become the adult's transitional object.[2], replacing the toddler's teddy bear for comfort and a sense of belonging.

(Margaret Heffernan)

With the advent of cell phones, especially with the very small microphone that attach to the cell phone itself, it's getting harder and harder I find, to differentiate between schizophrenics and people talking on a cell phone.

(Bob Newhart)

Apparently we love our own cell phones but we hate everyone else's.

(Joe Bob Briggs)

Something to consider

Quality time with family and friends is only available now.



  1. Statistics show that the amount of time fathers spend with their children varies from 37 seconds a day with an infant to one hour a day with an adolescent. These figures are for intact families. After divorce, 50% of adolescent children have no contact, 30% have sporadic contact and 20% see their father once a week or more. Average it all out and I believe you'll find that fathers spend approximately 10 minutes a day with their children. Samuel Osherson says, ‘We have been sitting on a psychological time bomb within the younger generation of men and women now coming of age... I believe that the psychological or physical absence of fathers from their families is one of the greatest underestimated tragedies of our times.’ Becoming a More Effective Father (Israel Helfand, M.S., Ph.D. [1].
  2. A transitional object aka a comfort object, a good example of which is a security blanket. It gives psychological comfort to people of all ages but especially babies and young children at bedtime and in stressful situations. It could also be a favourite soft toy and is often given a name by the child eg. Lovee, Baa and Blankee. The psychoanalyst and paediatrician, Donald Winnicott[2] wrote extensively about the concept of the transitional object.