No person answers. The machine answers.
Well, that’s my experience. I guess people just don’t want to talk to me.
But that’s not my point. Which is: it’s about the power balance in the timing of communication.
If I call you, it’s because I choose this moment to do so. I’m prepared for the exchange, probably keen for its occurrence.
If you don’t answer, the control changes with the timing. It’s now you who will call when it suits you, and when I may not be prepared for the exchange, and perhaps not keen to talk to anyone – even you.