This will be quick, so please pay attention.
A few day ago a friend included the Captain in a "Group Text". This was not for the purpose of discussion. He was simply being lazy, making an announcement to a dozen friends all at the same time.
It was an important announcement, I will not deny that.
Problem was, when a Group Text is sent, everyone feels the need to reply, if just with an affirmation that it was received.
|Whenever I see this, I always wonder if they are texting each other!|
So from a Group Text of a dozen, my phone buzzes at least eleven more times as everyone responds with "Ok. Thanks."
This is annoying, as I rely on my personal cellphone for business calls; I feel compelled to check it every time it buzzes.
Captain's Note: What's more, I keep my phone on "vibrate" so as to not disturb others. It's a simple courtesy that more people should adopt.
The kicker came when one of those friends suddenly realized she missed the Group Text... two days later... just before 6 a.m. on Saturday morning... a day without commitments on which I was planning to sleep in.
But suddenly the Captain was awakened as my phone came to life.
And I was awake for the rest of the day.
Back in the days before cell phones, there were generally accepted rules of etiquette for telephones. Foremost among those was that one does not call before a certain hour in the morning or after a certain hour in the evening.
Apple introduced the iPhone ten years ago this June.
The Captain thinks it is time we agreed upon some rules of etiquette.
That is all.
Okay, that is all.