Texting is king. The new communication vein, delivered with lightning speed and removing traditional delays for delivery and response. Depending on your style, you may or may not immediately respond to texts. I feel it’s a matter of personality, health, and lifestyle. Some people are open to interruptions and actually feel refreshed after a small distraction and some simple tasks are much easier to return to than ones demanding creativity or high concentration.
Always remember, your focus determines your reality”George Lucas
I enjoy texting but my preferred method of communication is in person, face to face. I appreciate facial expressions and the subtleties of intonation and how the rise and fall in a voice tells me so much more. I search the eyes for the true depth of what the words are trying to relate.
Because of this, when texting, I’m fond of emojis to support my intent because words in texts are one dimensional and can easily be misunderstood or mistaken based on the recipient’s emotional state or past experience.
Frankly, I’m not quick to respond to texts but it took practice to build confidence that I wasn’t offending or angering other people. The truth is, I refuse to have my phone in-hand at all times, unless I’m separated from my family for emergency calls. Not because I don’t love my family and adore my friends, but it started as a safeguard to keep me from getting addicted to my phone and stay more engaged to what’s right in front of me.
Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short.”Adam Hochschild
Also, I have certain hours I reserve for productive time. If I’m in the middle of a task, I prefer to stay focused and finish it thoroughly before enjoying fun distractions. If it’s an emergency, I’ve advised the texter to call twice and that alerts me the call is crucial and I’ll answer.
As far as answering texts, I work through the texts when my time frees up and do my best to respond by the end of the day. Why do I resist responding to every text ping? Because texting is so available and immediate that I would be distracted all day and not only be less productive, but the delays would inevitably lead to rushing, which feels horrible.
We’ve free choice of how we use texting and in turn, we can’t expect everyone to confirm to our own. For this reason, I suggest you share your texting habits to avoid potential conflict or misunderstandings. Most of my friends realize I don’t immediately reply if engaged and know this is just how I roll.
My concern is that society has grown so accustomed to the immediacy of texting and other direct messaging that expectations have exploded off the charts demanding an instant reply along with the risk of offending people if you don’t. It adds pressure to daily living, as if there isn’t already enough.
I say, “To each their own” with texting. I stay true to my needs and try to use my phone for the purpose it was designed to serve. It’s a device used to stay connected to people not the device itself.
Keep it Simple,