I love the internet and cell phones and mobile communication devices.
I also hate the internet and cell phones and mobile communication devices, because it has bred this entitled attitude in people that no matter what is going on in your life you must respond to them RIGHT NOW because certainly there is no excuse when the world is at your fingertips?
Maybe it’s because I’m older and didn’t entirely grow up with communication always made so easy (computers are made for Oregon Trail and I refuse to accept this internet device people are talking about) but I feel like there needs to be more respect for what people want to do on their own time.
Like unless a message is urgent, keep in mind there are a number of reasons someone may not have gotten back to you right away, even if they appear online doing other random things. They may have a completely full inbox, and that inbox may need to be taken at in pieces otherwise they may not be able to get anything else done (I often have to manage in time for messages in between drawing.) The person you’re messaging also may be having some personal issues, so maybe they’re not up to responding to messages right now.
Maybe the person saw your message, and just plain forgot to get back to you (not everyone has a great memory.) Or maybe they never got the message in the first place, technology is imperfect, and especially on places like tumblr where messages notoriously get lost, you should always take that into account.
I guess the point of this rant is I wish people had a little more patience and didn’t always assume someone is a jerk for not responding right away. I also just think we could all use a little more time unplugged from technology, we could all afford to be a little more unavailable here and there.
One of the best trips I’ve taken in my adult life was one where I couldn’t use my cell phone, I think that says a lot.