Read receipts. Why is this a thing? Who is it helping? Either a person sees your text/Snap/whatever and responds right away or they don’t. What do we gain by knowing that said person read your message but hasn’t responded? It drives me absolutely bonkers.
Maybe I sound obsessive. But then again, maybe everyone else understands my struggle. IDK. But what I do know is that I’ve recently begun to really truly hate read receipts. Yeah. I can shut them off on my phone (and I have), but what about Snapchat? Facebook? Hell, even Instagram tells you whether or not your DM has been “seen” or not. Who is this helping??
Like the five stages of grief, there are five stages of read receipts.
1. He's busy.
There's nothing to worry about. He's just busy, and I'm sure when he gets a break he'll respond.
...two hours later, not even a typing bubble.
2. He forgot.
I'm sure he just forgot to respond. Why wouldn't he respond if he remembered? What did I say again? Shit. It was on Snapchat, so I can't see what I said. Ohmygod, did I just screenshot that? Did he get notified that I screenshotted that?
3. I hope he's okay...
I wonder if I should ask his friend is he's heard from him today. Oh, wait. He just viewed my story on Snap...
I'm literally going to kill him.
Who is the skinny blonde girl in his Snap story? Where is he? Why hasn't he responded? He's obviously on his phone.
5. F*ck him.
If he doesn't want to talk to me, that's fine. I'm not going to message him again unless he initiates it. I'm so done with guys who play games like this.
Three days later. Still nothing.
Just kidding! There are actually six stages of read receipts. The last one is the peak point of all the frustration, self-doubt, and anxiety that festers inside until you finally cave. (Just like you knew you always would.)
6. The "Hey, Remember Me?" Message
Damn. I forget how cute he is. Maybe he really did just open it and forget? i've done that before, haven't I? I'll just send him a cute picture of my dog, so then he's forced to respond.
I can't be the only one who has experienced the six stages of read receipts. I’m not generally an obsessive person, but read receipts really rub me the wrong way. If he’s not going to respond, I’d prefer to cling to the idea that the message was somehow miraculously lost and he never received it, or he lost his phone, or his battery died, or he’s with his mom and doesn’t want to spend the night on his phone.
I mean, those are all decent reasons for not responding to someone. But when I know that you’ve seen what I thought was a super cute selfie and still don’t respond, then I get a little irritated. I apologize for the rant, but I’ve stayed silent for long enough about the matter.