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Are You an On-Demand Texter?

beherenowAre you spending too much time texting and answering texts?

There is a growing trend towards technology rejection which is interesting. People are taking drastic measures to deal with other people who insist that no matter what, no matter where, their friends, significant others, etc. INSTANTLY text them back. You are supposed to text if you are at work, if you are in the middle of dinner with your family, in the middle of a wedding, in the middle of a church service, in the bathroom, etc. It could even be in the middle of the night. It’s true that if you are a murder victim, your friends will be able to tell the police the exact moment in which you were abducted or killed, but other than that, I see no real benefit, and it is harmful to relationships, and to keeping your job!

If your significant other thinks you are having an affair if you don’t instantly text him/her back, why is it your job to placate this person? I consider this abusive. Someone snaps their fingers and you are supposed to jump? There are any number of reasons you may not want to text someone back. You shouldn’t have to if you don’t want to. If there is an emergency, call 911. There are no emergencies.

If you don’t want to completely reject technology, use texting for your own convenience. If your sweetie insists on knowing where you are and what you are doing at all times, how is that different from stalking? Stop texting when it interrupts your life. Treat texts like missed calls and deal with them sometime during the day when you are not driving, not in an important meeting, etc.