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Curious to dig deeper into a little-known social anxiety called Telephobia - a fear of making or receiving phone calls – CK Goldiing , a British podcaster has been dialling 11 random phone digits into his phone and asking whoever answers a personal question about life, be it on love, sex, friendship and infidelity. This feature has thrown some surprising, some sweet and often hilarious responses from unwitting members of the British public. Goldiing had no patience for a podcast with a fixed weekly theme. This award-winning creator, writer and filmmaker wanted to do something unique. “Let's chat about life, I'll worry about a theme later,” Golding writes in his introductory note. ‘Worry About it Later’, that’s the name of his podcast.
In an interview to Podnews Goldiing says, “I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know Telephobia was a thing until three weeks ago when someone tweeted about it. My long-standing curiosity about strangers coupled with my research into Telephobia inspired this feature” recalls Goldiing, who is a double award-winning Creator from Sheffield, UK.
He further tells Podnews, “Obviously, when I ring strangers and ask them personal questions, there is a degree of apprehension there, after all, neither of us have the luxury of seeing each other’s face, which in the real world, definitely eases social awkwardness. Some of the people I call are shy and think chatting to a guy they don’t know is odd, so they hang-up, but I love finding those friendly souls who are willing to have a meaningful chat with me - it’s delicious.”
Elsewhere in the weekly podcast, when Goldiing asked one woman if she can be completely certain of her husband’s fidelity. She replied, “Yes, absolutely.” As the conversation develops, the listeners learn that she and her husband have been married for fifty years. Goldiing’s shows his natural talent for engaging meaningfully with strangers.