Alright. Here's the deal. I'm laying it out for you.
I screen my calls. All my calls. And I'm not ashamed of it. I pick up my phone most of the time with the intention of hitting the "silence" button, not the "talk" button.
The Man That I Cohabitate With thinks that this is extremely rude. "If they took the time to call..." he says. I find this line of reasoning to be nonsense. What time does it take to call? What effort? It's not like anyone has to look up numbers these days. They're all stored in cell phones. It takes at most 5 seconds for the user to instruct the phone to make the call. Also, it's not as if the caller even had to move to make the call. They have the cell phone on them. They could be in a restaurant, in a mall, at a sporting event of some kind. Making a phone call is no longer a special event.
Also, I know what people are calling me about. I know that if I get a call from a friend in town early on a Saturday night, they want to go out. If I get that same call much later on a Saturday night, they want me to come pick them up. I know who wants to chat, who wants advice, who's lonely, who's concerned about my welfare.
And if it's anything urgent, they'll leave a message.
Which I'll check in about... a week, just before it's deleted.
Note: No, of course this does not apply to you. I always answer your calls. If you call and I don't answer, it's because I'm asleep. Or in a public place. Or can't hear my phone. Or my phone is out of batteries. Or some other perfectly reasonable explanation.