Text messaging has been around for some time now. But with the proliferation of portable texting devices, it has encroached more and more into our social fabric with each passing day.
I am not new to the technology. As a matter of fact, I can say with some pride that my entire family did regular text chats as early as 1994. Fifteen years ago, that was cutting edge communication. It was expensive for everyone to participate, but we did it because it was a convenient way to stay in touch and get the latest family news.
It was conversational. We talked. When we were finished, we said goodnight. It was as if we had all gathered together in a room and had a nice chat.
Fast forward to 2009, an era in which we are constantly bombarded with one line text messages. Some are of little or no significance, yet one wonders what the proper protocol is for dealing with these textual assaults. What is the expected etiquette?
Does every text message merit a response? Are we then obligated to engage in a text conversation? And when we do respond, is it proper to continue until the conversation is officially ended?
If I get busy and just don't answer at some point, am I being rude? Can I possibly offend someone by doing nothing?
I don't know what is considered proper these days, but I am old-fashioned and think that any conversation should have a greeting, some useful stuff in between, and a "goodbye" at the end. That way all parties know that a conversation has occurred and that the session is officially over when you have finished.
Just like now. This post is over, so goodbye already!
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