I don’t know about about Android phones, but the iMessage app on the iPhone can let you know when your recipient has read your message, although it is up to each person to activate the feature in Settings. Some people do not want you to know when they read your messages. Some people don’t care. And some people are unaware that they’ve got a choice.
I used to keep the feature turned off so other people wouldn’t know whether I’d read their message or not. People are so sensitive these days… Some get all pissy if you don’t answer immediately after reading their texts, while others worry that something happened to you. Then, after a talk with my good friend Diana, I changed my mind and decided I didn’t care either if you saw I read your message but didn’t get back to you right away, or ever.
It was my way of rebelling somehow against the tyranny of an always-connected life, with the added advantage of letting people down easier: if you wait long enough to answer somebody’s messages after you’ve read them, pretty soon they’ll get your drift.
So tell me, what iPhone user are you and why?
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