The Pharmacy Chick

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The New Rude: ignore

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 9:43 am on Friday, December 2, 2016

We all have technology that we love to use.  Im no exception. Ive written recently about all my E-toys. Ive embraced technology,perhaps not to the max simply because I may not understand how to use all the bells and whistles but I do love some of the things is provides.

With a smart phone, we have access to tools and information that before this era, we’d need a trip to the library for or a bank of books heavy enough to collapse a shelf.  Now all we have to do is load up an app or hit the search button.

Email can be a pain especially with all the junk mail we get ( delete delete delete) but its a nice way to get information to someone quickly.

I have noticed however a new phenomenon in electronic tendencies…ignore.

Maybe due to electronics overload, I dunno, but the availability of quick message/information transmission leads to an expectation of a quick return. As well it should be if a response is needed/required/requested.

It doesn’t always happen.  This seems to be happening more in text as well.  I text a lot so do a lot of my friends and coworkers. its a convenient way to converse in a busy world when picking up the phone isn’t the right thing to do at a particular time. My staff uses texts to converse with family instead of a personal phone call, which I try to keep to a minimum in the work place.  A text is small unobtrusive and discrete.  I  also try to be responsive to receiving  text. Its kinda like a conversation with a person who just happens to not be in the room.  its not a letter mailed..its not an email that can be looked at later…..a text it the e-equivalent of a little tap on the shoulder ” I have something to ask you”. In other words , its a form of commutation that usually expects an answer in a relatively short amount of time.

2 days isn’t a short amount of time.  Neither is “never”.  I have a friend that I like ( or maybe used to) that texts only when he feels like it.  I know that his life can be wonky and he took a new job recently.  I sent him a text, then a 2nd and a 3rd asking for his new address when he moved so I could update may records.  He has ignored it.  So I have decided that if thats how he chooses to “unfriend” me then fine. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes some smart ass comment about being busy 3 weeks from now

Nobody is that busy to have no time to type a 2 second response on a smart phone that you carry with you 24-7.

I also have sent Facebook messages to friends occasionally asking them something, to which I get the same reply. the only difference is that Facebook actually can tell you it was “seen”.  THEN to have it ignored really constitutes the “new rude”.

I am curious as to the opinions of others about being e-ignored on a medium really designed for a faster response.  Now I don’t mean to imply that we have to pull off to the side of the road to text immediately or text while driving or in the middle of the night and sleep with our phones, but I would wonder if anyone else experiences this kind of “new rude”.

Cheers

PC