Is it too much to ask for a relatively prompt response to a text or missed phone call? You’d be lying if you concede that you don’t have enough time to get back to the person who sent you a message. Everyone, regardless of their work schedule or saturated social timeline, has a moment to simply say: “Yes”, “No”, “Hi”, “Goodbye”. Once in a while, a person may “forget” to respond – it’s understandable – but when a person completely neglects to get back to you, it can be a frustrating and rude experience. Isn’t it easier to be upfront and honest – just because you ignore the message doesn’t mean the person expecting to hear back from you has disappeared.
By now, as a social population connected by media, the normalcy of lighting fast info dumps and virtually unlimited access to everything has given us some possibly unrealistic perceptions on time and the conversations therein. Unfortunately, for those people who insist on a more relaxed conversational setting, they are simply just kidding themselves. We almost have no choice as we are (in most instances) victims of the environments created for us. And this environment demands punctuality and advocates efficiency with regards to communication – everyone else just seems rude.
Realistically, one can’t expect urgency in every conversation; you won’t necessarily see me promptly respond to a description of how good your dinner was, but like any good friend or colleague, I’ll ensure a timely response to questions relating to common social appointments, work concerns etc.
The worst thing a person can do as it relates to communication is act as the catalyst for conversation, and then simply cease responding to the answers and questions of the original intended individual. Is it because they don’t care? Perhaps they have something better to do? It’s difficult to say (and usually they’ll have the benefit of the doubt) but at some point, when does one accept that the person might just be kind of a dick? You’d think that with all this ease of access, people would have a more pleasant communication experience – sometimes I think we’re not ready for this kind of capability; perhaps it’s time to start working on our smoke signals, again.