Don’t underestimate the power of the SEND READ RECEIPTS option on your smart phone.

 

 

When someone sends you a text, there’s a tiny line of text under their last message.

Thanks Blob

 

 

“READ 5/9/15.”

This pops up when the person you’re texting has read your message. It keeps you honest. It keeps you humble. By keeping this switched ON, it projects a certain confidence and level of believability. When you hide behind a phone with the option turned OFF, what does that say about you?

“You’re not important enough to me at the moment.”

“You can wait.”

“Oh no, I don’t have an answer for that.”

 

When it’s OFF, it’s easy to say later, “Oh, sorry, I never got your message,” to avoid confrontation. Not wanting to admit when you’ve seen a message or that you’ve seen it at all throws up an instant red flag.

 

Stay above-board. If you don’t have an answer, say it. If you need more time to complete a task or develop a thoughtful response, say it.

These are valuable lessons not just for mobile media, but lessons that can enhance your real-life career and relationships.