The Emerald Girl

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The #1 Rule of Texting

There are so many different ways a person can communicate these days, I often find myself in the middle of multiple conversations each using a different form of technology. Speaker phone with my mom, texting with my sister, emailing with a friend, oh, and then that random IG DM convo. Each form of communication carries with it some unwritten rules of etiquette, including the timeliness of a response. Texting is the easiest and fastest way to convey information but it seems that receiving a texted response back is like trying to ask a Real Housewife for an apology - it ain't ever going to happen!
Texting etiquette 101:
When you receive a text, it is polite to respond even with a small acknowledgement within 24 hours. After the initial response it is not necessarily required to engage in a back and forth conversation; that depends on what is said.

No one should expect an immediate response back because you never know what the receiver is doing. They could be driving, sleeping, running after children, making out with their boyfriend, at a movie, zoned out, accidentally left the volume off or a number of other things.

What I can't get over and what has become such a pet-peeve of mine is people who never respond. I'm not texting people just to see how fast I can type. I'm conveying information that I thought was important enough to send someone. When people don't respond to my text messages, I'm left wondering if they even got the text message? Or I'm left with the sinking realization that I'm not important enough to the receiver to respond. Or I simply think of that person as rude. Sure, I have times when I receive a text while I'm in the middle of doing something and then I forget to respond until way later but that's why it's acceptable to respond within 24 hours. That happens to all of us.

Remember: a quick response is better than no response.

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