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How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Old 12-17-19, 04:13 PM
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How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Just curious.....How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Do you respond right away, or do you take your time? Does it depend on how important it is?

Or do you simply ignore it if you have nothing to say?

Or do you really take your time because you don't want to give the impression that you're always online and available to chat?

A friend of mine is absolutely terrible at responding to texts. He's sometimes taken days or even a week to respond.

A colleague of mine a few years ago would sometimes just send me random texts out of the blue. It did get a little annoying because it was mostly him rambling. I stopped responding and eventually he cooled off doing it.

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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Usually right away unless I can't get to my phone like at a movie
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Wife usually prompts a fast response. Kids and family, when I have a moment and am not at my desk. Friends, depends on who it is and what they're asking about. Having an Apple Watch makes it very easy to shoot off a response, even in meetings.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Within minutes when Iím free typically. If Iím working or busy itís when I get a chance.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Typically I’m pretty quick at responding. Unless it’s a broad. I’ll wait I don’t want her to find out right away that I’m a loser with nothing to do.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

I'm bad at responding at times. I get distracted by other things a lot. Sometimes when I'm at work, I get involved in a project and neglect text messages. Personal emails I'm even worse.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Husband--as soon as I see it; kids -- within an hour or so, friends and other family--as soon as I feel like it, but generally within a day, Work--depends. I will admit to sometimes letting it go till I actually go in. I get a lot of scheduling texts that I assume they know I read.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

I try to be reasonable, so the same-day if possible. If it's family, as soon as possible. My spouse and I are almost instantaneous nearly every time. Except the past hour, ironically.

I set up a free Google Voice number so I can get work text and voicemail without giving out my personal number, it's great. For work, if it's urgent, I'll respond as quickly as I can, otherwise I will let it sit a little. If it's my day off I do not respond, to build in healthy boundaries.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Pretty quick, because if I don't they might call me and I don't. want. that.
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Hours, sometimes the next day. And if you want a damn conversation, CALL. People who insist on conversing by text message are bloody annoying.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

For the most part, I delete texts without responding. Most are simply idle chatter.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

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For the most part, I delete texts without responding. Most are simply idle chatter.
I donít think Iíve ever deleted a text.
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I've never saved one.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Anywhere between immediately to never.

When I'm preoccupied (work/class/driving/cooking/gym/event/etc), then I typically don't even read the texts until I'm free. Sometimes this could mean several hours or all day. But if I'm not doing anything, then I try to reply ASAP if the text warrants it. If it's something stupid like a friend sending me memes, then that may get no response at all or a response like 2 weeks later.
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Never. I don't use / send text messages.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Depends. If I'm near my phone and not in the middle of something, I'll respond pretty quickly. Otherwise, like if I'm driving, working, hanging out with people, not near my phone, etc, it can take from thirty minutes to a few hours. But if I take too long, I could very well forget to respond at all.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Generally pretty quickly unless it’s a topic I need to let marinate for a bit.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Depends on what I am doing when I get the text. For the most part I dislike texting for conversations of more than three sentences. So I will respond by calling the person back.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

I see the texts pretty much right away. If it needs a response I'll respond right then. I do tend to not respond to texts from friends that are just chatter if I'm not in the mood to chatter back.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

I sent a text yesterday to a friend, who I haven't seen in a year about trying to get together for a bite to eat before Christmas. He has a 2 year old and it's been next to impossible for him to get away.

24 hours later, still no answer from him. I would have appreciated a "Let me get back to you" if he wasn't sure.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
Just curious.....How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Do you respond right away, or do you take your time? Does it depend on how important it is?

Or do you simply ignore it if you have nothing to say?

Or do you really take your time because you don't want to give the impression that you're always online and available to chat?
All of the above depending on the circumstances.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Iíd say within 30 minutes. For example, Iíll see the text message while at work, but wonít have time to respond immediately. Iíll finish my task (which could be about 10-20 minutes per task), and then respond.

but I definitely always respond ďsame dayĒ. I never ignore a message.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

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Hours, sometimes the next day. And if you want a damn conversation, CALL. People who insist on conversing by text message are bloody annoying.
Not quite as annoying as people who INSIST on calling all the time, every time. One of my best friends... I love the guy to death, but he wants to call for every damn thing, and he's one of those people where EVERY phone call is a 30 minute ordeal. Even something that should properly be handled by text, like "are we still on for BBQ this Thursday?" turns into a 30 minute phone call where he comes up with new and inventive ways to ask the same question over and over again:

"Hey man, are we still on for BBQ this Thursday?"

"Yep."

"Oh OK. Thing is, I have this thing at work. I could stay or not. Doesn't really matter. I know we talked about going out for BBQ on Thursday night."

"That's the plan, man!"

"OK cool. 'Cos this Thursday, they're doing this training session after work. It's about Javascript, and as you know, I was a Javascript programmer for years. So I don't really need to go."

"OK"

"But you know how it goes with office politics, yeah? Gotta be a 'team player' and all that. Thing is, though, I don't think my boss will be there, which means it doesn't matter if I go or not, which is why I asked if we're still going. We are, yeah?"

"As far as I know."

"OK, cool. Well, this training thing, it runs from 5:30 to 6:30, but I don't think my boss will be there, so it doesn't matter if I skip it. I mean, it's about Javascript, and I was a Javascript programmer from 2002 to 2012, so there probably isn't anything I don't know there."

"OK."

"So... are we still on then?"

[repeat slight variations of this for 30 minutes. The whole time I'm wondering why the fuck this couldn't be handled with a couple text messages.]

As for replying to text messages, assuming I'm not driving or otherwise occupied, it depends on the sender and content of the message. The missus gets immediate replies generally, others may take a while depending on how important the message is. "Can we go to the 5:35 movie tonight instead of the 3:15 one?" is an immediate answer, while "hey, [local band] is doing an acoustic set at the Brewhouse on Saturday three weeks from now! Wanna go?" might take a day or two.
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Re: How fast are you at responding to a text message?

Our previous drummer was exactly the same way. It drove me crazy. It was even more annoying that he would email or Facebook message but not text.

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