Social Media Tech

Return to Sender

It’s pretty normal to leave a call unreturned. Same goes for email. But texts are unavoidable. If you don’t respond to a text within a day, people think you’re dead.

Texts are the most personal and fastest form of communication. That’s why you only give out your number to certain people.

However, it gets a bit weird when the person you’re expecting a text back from engages with your post on another network. They like your Instagram post but avoid your text. WTF.

Here’s the thing: sometimes avoidance is unintentional. Talking, texting, and social media are all one of the same communications flow, even if a ‘like’ is more ambient than a direct text.

The myriad ways of communicating today confound what personal communication actually is. In fact, some people live their entire friendship online, never meeting in real life.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.