I've been thinking about email and texting etiquette. I need your opinion.
When you text someone, when do you expect a reply? Or do you even expect one?
Yes, I realize it depends on who you texted.
If I text my husband - I expect a text back QUICK
If I text my child - I expect a text back IMMEDIATELY (unless they are driving but I pretty much know where they are and what they are doing by looking at the clock so.....)
The Engineer and I had this discussion. Many, many times he does not reply to my texts. I told him I really need him to reply. Even if it's just "okay" You know?
When I text my hairdresser for an appointment I expect a reply within a day. Or two.
When I text a friend, I expect a reply within a day or two. But honestly? I'd like a quicker reply. Especially because the friends I text absolutely have their cell phone with them ALL THE TIME.
I have one friend who never replies to texts. N.E.V.E.R. Why do I text her? That is a very good question. I don't anymore.
My other question is part two of the first question. What do you expect from email? I don't really mean work email. I work at a paperless school and we email often, answer questions by email, communicate online, etc. I've never had a problem or a delay in having a question answered, etc. at work.
But in my "real" life, I have a big problem. Let's just say this: I emailed an old friend upon learning that her son graduated from high school last week. No reply.
I emailed a friend who now works at another school at her school email addy. No reply.
I'm beginning to get a complex!
When I receive an email, I reply within a day. I'm an early riser. Every morning I get up super early while everyone else is sleeping, grab a cup of something warm, sit in front of the computer and read. I read emails, I read blogs, I check the weather, etc.
What is the rule of thumb when it comes to electronic communication?