Now, this could end up being a bit of a rant, so if that’s the case, I’m apologising now. We live in a society where majority of people, particularly young adults pretty much always have their phone on them. If they’re not actively on their phone, it’s in their pocket, their bag or sitting next to them. Mobile phones are something more and more people have, and people are becoming more and more dependent on them and yet so many people don’t have the decency to respond to a simple message.
Back in the old days… come on Ash, how old are you?? Well back 10-15 years ago if you were invited to a birthday party at school, with a little paper invitation that was stuck to the fridge, you would RSVP by the date on the invitation. Well I would anyway, I don’t know about you but I was always brought up to respond to events by the RSVP date. But these days events on Facebook are rarely responded to, even though in my opinion it’s actually easier and less time-consuming, all you have to do now is press a button. I don’t know if that’s because people don’t have the time, they don’t care or if they’re hoping something “better” will come along. People seem to like leaving their options open and then the host has to chase people up even though the RSVP date was three days ago. Why has society changed so much? Why has it suddenly become OK to not respond to events, or even messages. I don’t know about you but I think it is really rude.
If you were talking to someone in person, would you listen to what they said and just walk away without responding? Hell no. You’d be called a snob or ignorant, no one would want to have a conversation with you. So why is OK to not reply to people’s messages? Or even worse, leave them on the dreaded ‘Read 2:07 pm’. Then you sit there knowing they’ve read it and they have actively chosen not to reply to you. Now, I completely understand if the message does not need a reply, but if you are having a conversation with someone, unless you’ve previously told them that you are busy, you need to reply. Does anyone else feel like this? Or am I the only one that thinks it’s rude not to respond to someone?
The whole idea of people waiting to see if something better comes up really gets to me. It’s like people are basically saying, I’ll choose you as my last resort, you’re not important enough to be a priority for me, someone more fun or something more exciting might come up. And next thing you know you’re in bed at 8pm on a Saturday night because the person who planned the event had to cancel it because no one responded… Has anyone else felt like this? Anyone?….
And lastly, the people who leave it to the very last-minute to bail out. They say that they’re going or they might go and the day before the event they say they’re too busy. Is your time really more important than someone else’s? Could you not have the respect and courtesy to respond earlier? If you know you work every Saturday night and you can’t get work off and someone plans a party, respond and say you can’t make it, before the RSVP date. If you know you have an assignment due on Monday and you know you’ve got a friend’s birthday drinks to go to on Sunday afternoon, make sure you get that assignment done and not use it as an excuse not to come. Manage your time wisely and start having some respect towards others because if this is the way society is going to continue, no one is going to be talking to each other in 10 years time.
What is your opinion on this topic? Do you think it’s rude or OK to do this? Let me know!