When texting people in general I find it frustrating that people don’t seem to view it as a conversation. If someone texts me and I catch it and text back right away, I get frustrated when people don’t return the favor. They might text back 5, 10, minutes or an hour or more later. Why did you text me if you didn’t want to have a conversation? Why am I the one sitting here waiting for a response?

It’s like someone sitting down across from at a table and asking you “Hey, how ya doin?” You respond “Great! what’s up?” and they just sit there for 10 minutes not saying anything.

Might be the whisper of ASD in my ADHD contributing to not understanding how this social interaction actually works vs how I think it should work.

Anyone else have this grinding their gears?

E: apparently it’s just me!

Thanks for the replies, everyone.

  • @BilboBargains
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    53 months ago

    Yes and no, depending on how each person views it. You cannot automatically assume it’s a conversation.

    I’ve found living in a world of text communication to be toxic for mental health. I can’t keep up with all the communication channels unless I devote all my time to it. These things ought to serve us, not the other way round. I’ve almost completely abandoned email and was surprised to discover how much better I feel.

    • @Holyginz
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      13 months ago

      Unfortunately abandoning email isn’t something I’m able to do with my job but I bet it would feel amazing not having to worry about it.

      • @BilboBargains
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        13 months ago

        The main reason I stopped using email was my former job depended on it. I quit that job and email at the same. The anxiety lifted like a weight off my shoulders. I cannot lay the blame solely on just email, that place was badly managed and I was not well suited to the role. Sometimes you just need to say, fuck it, I quit.