National Call In Day

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Ever wished you could take a guilt-free day off without anyone raising any eyebrows? Hold on to your phones, because such a day exists! Welcome to the world of National Call in Day, otherwise known as 'I'm Not Answering My Phone, Don't Even Try' day, a celebration cherished by both work enthusiasts and couch potatoes alike.

When is Call In Day?

It's national call in day on the 23rd February.

A Bit of History

While the exact origin of National Call in Day is a bit of a mystery, much like the contents of your office's refrigerator, it seems to have gained popularity online around 2021. We even spotted a mention of it popping up 2331 times - that's more times than your mom's told you to clean your room! The day really hit its stride on 23rd February 2021, when mentions soared higher than a space-bound rocket.

What is National Call in Day?

You might be asking, 'What does this day involve, and does it require any effort?'. National Call in Day is celebrated by people taking a well-deserved break from their phones. The concept? Simple. No answering calls, no returning calls, no checking messages. Imagine a day without the pings and rings, like being camped at an idyllic virtual lakeside, minus the bugs.

How to Celebrate?

You can celebrate this day by engaging in activities that don't require the constant attention of your phone. This could be anything, from trying Grandma's pancake recipe to attempting a downward dog pose. Or just have a day dedicated to your own peace and quiet. Remember, it's not about avoiding responsibilities, it's about dictating your own time. Go on, dust off that novel you've meant to finish or learn a new hobby, like underwater basketweaving (kidding!).

Spread the Word

Although the day is all about disconnecting from your phone, feel free to spread the word before you unplug. Share on social media using #NationalCallinDay and encourage others to enjoy a bit of peace and tranquility away from their phones too.

History behind the term 'Call In'


The Invention of the Telephone

In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, allowing people to communicate with one another over long distances using electrical signals. This marked the beginning of a new era in telecommunications.


Telephone Operators

As the telephone became more prevalent, telephone companies started employing operators to assist customers in making connections. In 1881, the first telephone operator was hired, and these operators played a vital role in facilitating communication.


Telephone Switchboards

With the increasing demand for telephone services, manual switchboards were introduced in 1896. These switchboards allowed operators to manually connect calls by plugging wires into the appropriate jacks, enabling callers to reach their desired recipients.


Direct Dialing

In 1927, the first direct-dial long-distance telephone service was established in the United States. This innovation allowed callers to make long-distance calls without the assistance of operators, hence reducing the need to 'call in' through operators for connecting their calls.


Intercom Systems

Intercom systems began to gain popularity in 1947. These systems allowed individuals within a building or facility to communicate with one another directly through a network of interconnected telephones or speakers, providing a convenient way to 'call in' between different rooms or areas.


Call Centers

With the rise of telecommunication technologies, call centers became ubiquitous in the 1980s. Call centers were centralized offices where operators would handle incoming and outgoing calls for various purposes such as customer service, telemarketing, and technical support.

Present Day

Remote Work and Virtual Meetings

In the present day, the concept of 'calling in' has expanded beyond traditional telephone calls. With the advent of remote work and virtual meetings, individuals can 'call in' to team meetings or conferences using video conference software, enabling effective communication and collaboration from anywhere in the world.

Did you know?

Did you know? A study published in Computers in Human Behavior found that average users touch their smartphone 2,617 times a day! National Call in Day might just help you break that impressive, albeit slightly alarming record.


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First identified

16th April 2015

Most mentioned on

23rd February 2021

Total mentions


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