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To be clear this is NOT a strong opinion tightly held situation.
It’s just that Zen-Den and I disagree over something. Nothing large, a quiet disagreement. In fact it might be best described as a puny opinion half-heartedly held situation, but one that does lend itself to consideration and conversation.
Never would I have thought to write about it here except that I’m reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle and in her memoir she talks about that which we disagree on, i.e., the value of texts prompting you to do something now.
In fact if you’ve read what she has written about texting you know that she says: “Texts are not the boss of me, and neither is anybody who texts me.” She is not a fan of them, in general– allowing for a few specific situations in which they are good.
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Getting to our particular disagreement.
Zen-Den, Esq, finds it mildly annoying when someone texts [or worse yet phones] him to say that this someone has sent Z-D an email that they want him to read. Z-D considers that to be a remnant of old-school business practices left over from when everyone used snail mail and wanted you to know that the document was in the mail.
It is totally unnecessary in today’s electronic world. He thinks of it as weak sauce [my term for his thoughts].
I, on the other hand, like it when someone sends me a short text [no phone calls please] to alert me to the fact that this someone has sent me an email they would like me to read soon. I consider it a polite heads-up to Ms. Bean, a woman known for forgetting to check her email accounts regularly.
It is not necessary but a good precaution if you want me to read your email on a timely basis. I call it an act of random kindness.
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So what do you think, my gentle readers?
Do you like to know when someone has sent you an email? OR do you prefer to find them when you find them?
When receiving a text message about an email that’s been sent to you, does the context, business or personal, influence your answer to the first question?
Also, do you consider text messages to be bossy? OR do you consider them to be like a polite wave from a neighbor across the street?
Please discuss in the comments below.
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