You’ve been in this situation – we all have.
You’re on the phone with your friend, chatting away, and they cut you off with, “Hold on a ‘sec, someone’s on the other line -”. Most people wait in silence for their friend to return. And they wait, and wait…. and wait…
Call waiting is a good measure of your importance to a friend.
If your friend consistently puts you on hold for more than 30 seconds at a time, you’re pretty low on the Friendship Totem Pole. Conversely, you know you’re at the top if they tell you someone is calling, and then ignore the incoming call. Congratz.
However, if your “friend” puts you on hold but then totally forgets they were even talking to you, then, well, you are officially at the bottom of the list of important people in their life. Welcome to Loneliness.