Why Everyone Should Turn Their Read Receipts On

Jordan Mendiola

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Have you ever wondered if your text recipient saw your message, but just didn’t want to respond back? It’s okay, most of us have.

Since the time I first discovered you could turn read receipts on, I assumed everyone would do it. In my texting experience, not as many people turn them on and I ask myself, why?

One of my friends I text usually has them on, so when we’re both laying in our beds at night, we know that each of us is present and dedicated to a flowing conversation for the next 2–5 minutes.

Non-read receipt people may want space to not respond to a text should they desire. They may like the fact that they don’t have to commit to a conversation fully. There’s room to back out at any time possible.

I personally love read receipts.

Conversations Flow So Much Smoother

For texts to be thoroughly engaging for both parties, it’s essential for both people to have the read receipts on. I have had countless conversations that last 10–15 minutes because we know each of us is actively seeing the messages.

Snapchat does a fantastic job with it’s “Bitmoji” features. When you send messages on Snapchat while your fellow snapper is on the other side, your cartoon character pops up and vice versa.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=3d0f35_0YKJ8J8u00Snapchat Example Using Bitmojis

It’s reassuring to know that you’re both present and into the conversation. When we wait for five minutes or so per response, it’s basically a waste of time, and nothing really comes out of the conversation.

Communication Is Typically Clearer

Have you ever texted someone and they misinterpreted what you said? This happens all the time, and clarification is very necessary.

When your text lets the other person know that it was “read,” this gives them a chance to explain themselves and avoid any future conflicts.

This Key and Peele special is a perfect example of miscommunication that can occur when texting. It’s a little exaggerated, but the point will be made.

Key & Peele on YouTube

Texting is never going to be a perfect form of communication, but when texts are not out of context or sent hours later, there’s a higher chance the conversation will be crystal clear.

You Overthink Less — Especially With Ghosting

When the read receipts are “on,” we know if you see our texts. We know that everyone is “busy” in life, so we try not to overthink if we don’t get a text back. Sometimes they genuinely were busy and didn’t get it and everything just fine.

But if a day or two passes and the last text you sent out still wasn’t responded to, it’s easier to approach the person or accept that you’ve been ghosted.

As someone who’s been on both sides of ghosting, the ghoster and the ghostee, it’s not a good expereicene for either party. It’s better to be upfront, open and honest with one another.

Final Thoughts

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0S3FNB_0YKJ8J8u00Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash

Texting serves us as an extra outlet for communication. If we want to maximize the quality of contact with our friends and families, we should turn our read receipts on.

Everyone will appreciate the fact that you’ve done so, without even saying it. There’s something about being when texting that serves as a more effective tool for communication.

Thanks to “read” receipts, texting feels more alive.

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Creative entrepreneur, U.S. Army Engineer, and dedicated runner. Committed to sharing ideas that lead to more fulfillment in all areas of life. Email: mendiola1829@gmail.com

Chicago, IL

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