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I like the "911" and the "411" technique. In fact when my brother used to have a pager I would put "911" at the end of my phone number if I needed to talk with him right away. Thank you so much.
You're very welcome, Lisa! I rarely am expected to return a text or call. 911 is reserved for a REAL emergency (someone in the hospital, in labor...) So, with texts, I never feel worried, esp. at work: no cell talking or personal email is allowed.
More and more people are not texting and driving. This could be the main reason people who normally get back with you right away don't answer sometimes.
Yay!!! Great point, Lisa! People seem to be getting over the texting 100% of the time thing and are settling in on how to use this particular technology along with others. I.e., NOT while driving.
I know what you mean. If you answer right away all of the time you're tied to your phone.
Sending an email as well is a good idea. Then no matter when they address your text they'll know they better get back with you because it must be important.
Iburmaster-- LOL I'm glad they have better things to do, too, especially if the texts are frivolous. Lots of people are guilty of that. I love your outlook on things--you're always so practical and up-front. :-) P.S. How's the puzzle coming along?
Almost finished :) Each morning and night I put a few pieces together while eating. How are your hobbies?
I KNEW you could do a huge puzzle! Congrats! My hobbies are mostly on hold; I never seem to have the time. I do try to sit down daily at the piano and diddle around for awhile, though (my poor townhouse neighbors). :-) At least I don't sing along.LOL
Ah. I sing so they would not be too happy with me. But I love that you play the piano. One of the most soothing and calming instruments. The hubby and I are thrilled we finally got one! I'm glad you're just as lucky!
I don't like to be tied to my phone either. If I get a call and I'm busy I'll just call back whenever. I don't worry about it. Everyone knows that I will get back with them.
That Grrl, you sound just like my sister :-). She's tied to her work phone 24X7 and expected to give instant replies due to the nature of her work, and she HATES it. She never returns personal calls/texts at all (which I hate :-| but understand).
I do like phone calls, but a text is great if you know the person can't have their phone ring at work.
I agree with Lisa--phones (even purses) aren't allowed to be visible in many workplaces, the person's in a meeting, whatever. My friend works in a cleanroom, so I text and wait for the reply at breaks. Text is useful and most practical sometimes.
I've been married for 30 years. I hope married people aren't boring:)
I totally agree: following up with a call is best, unless the person can't take calls at work or whatever. (I've sent one 911 text and received 2 in the last few years that I can remember.) Calling is my first choice, though.
If you're used to getting messages back right away then you might be right. Still it could be that they're in the bathroom or something.
They might be ignoring you, but there are a thousand reasons they might not get back to you right away--dead phone battery, no phones allowed where they are, etc. Maybe talking to one or two of them and frankly asking them about the texts would help.
@Lisa & Laura: Yes You Both Are Right, Thanks For Sharing The Possibilites.! :) Blessings To You Both.!
I totally agree. Texting, like email, is an asynchronous form of communication. I believe that there is no need to respond immediately to a text. If something requires immediate attention, I would probably call (synchronous)
What if someone were really in need of help? Texting isn't evil or impossible to learn. Prevents lots of long, drawn-out conversations, too. (Just text the blabbermouths your message). Ex: "I'll be there at 6." enough said--short, sweet, efficient.
Invalid argument, we have lived through thousands of years of emergencies without phones or texting. It's hard luck the way of the world.
I see your point and agree to a point. However, humans (except the Amish) evolve now by adopting helpful technology.Just as books won't go totally away, most technologies have a place in our lives. Takes getting used to, though, and settling in time.
My friends and family all know that I never answer texts, and rarely, if ever answer the phone. I answer when I know who is there. There are too many people wittering selling stuff. I phone, don't take calls, if others answer its up to them.
My wife does not text. She will answer phone calls. She will respond to e-mail. She even writes handwritten thank you notes on pink stationery. However, she has a small phone, which she likes and does not want a smart phone so she does not text.
We just have a mobile that is there for emergencies in case the car breaks down whilst we are out, we never text anyone with it, or use it for casual calls. We have never used it except the once every 6 months per contract, to keep the credit.
This might help, Mick: "Consumers can register on-line for the national do-not-call registry by going to www.donotcall.gov. To register by telephone, consumers may call 1-888-382-1222.......You must call from the phone number you wish to register."
I doubt that it would help us, Laura, we're from England. We have a service to stop spam calls, but it is said not to be that good. It is just easier not to answer, and so stay off lists.
Bummer... Sorry, that was my best idea. As you say, not answering is best then.