Not texting someone back and then seeing them in person

Who here has a habit of keeping their phone on silent mode, or at least telling the whole world that you do because you don’t reply to text messages right away? Do you guys know that little “Read” option that iMessage has?

Read Receipt iMessage
Read Receipt from iMessage

It literally tells the other person if you’ve read their message or not. I think it says a lot about a person when they have that notification on. However, I’ve found that this thing causes a lot more trouble when it is on because I read a message, I say “Uh huh,” to myself, and then I go back to Netflix and then… I get another message, or grunts (when I meet up with the friend), that I never reply to messages. I mean, HELLO! You got a notification that I read your freakin’ message already, that should be good enough, right?

No.

I’ve considered just replying with a message that says “I read this.” I mean, especially when all the message said was “Hey dude I’m eating a burrito that looks like my exes’ dog lol” What in the world am I supposed to reply to that?

Anyway, I’ve bumped into friends that ask me if I’ve changed my number just to poke at the idea that I didn’t reply to their messages. The truth is, sometimes I just don’t reply because I forget.

No really, I forget to reply because I read the message while I’m doing something like brushing my teeth or frying an egg, or out with friends. What happens is, I see the message.. and if it requires a reply: “Hey, I need your advice with something real quick, my girlfriend caught me checking out her mom.” (awkward), I’ll give an answer. If it is something like “hey wuts up” I just let it slide down the priority list while I finish the chapter of the book I’m reading. Next thing you know, it has been a week and I haven’t told that person “what is actually up” so I feel like a jerk.

Do you reply to your messages right away, every time?

Nooo.. seriously, guys. Do you?

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3 thoughts on “Not texting someone back and then seeing them in person

  • Yes, I reply as soon I know I have a message (unlike many people, I don’t have my phone on me at all times). Like responding to a letter (you remember those) or email, it’s simply the polite thing to do. I was raised to be polite. When someone doesn’t respond to something I send out, I feel slighted. I never want to feel that way, so I don’t do that to others. Golden Rule, you know?

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  • Ha, I don’t even have a mobile phone! No, seriously, I don’t. Well, technically I kind of have an ancient one I haven’t used for over ten years. And I never sent a text message. I must be one of the last people on the planet who can say that! I don’t get out much, and when I do my husband has a phone, he is usually with me, or I can borrow it. But only for calls – no texting!

    Sorry, gotta go, my brontosaurus needs a walk 😉

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