When a person’s phone rings, they make a clear distinction between official and private calls: even though the majority of calls are answered, parents and friends have to expect to be ignored from time to time. The boss has better chances. Only children come first every time: just five percent of those surveyed say they have ever not answered a call from their child. In some circumstances, however, the telephone is taboo, with the cinema or concerts, and romantic moments topping the list. A good two thirds of all Germans say they don’t answer the phone in those situations.