“Matt, why do you have a cell phone if you never answer?” That is what I tell Matt, all the time. He always responds with “you call at the worst time”. However, he responds to all the text message I sent him. Sometimes right away. Statics prove that over 90% of all SMS recipients read a text messages within 3 minutes of delivery. It is also clear that texting is protected by FCC so it does not become the next voice broadcast.
There is one interesting difference between a phone call and text message. When someone makes a call, the phone system knows if the other end picked up, even if the answering party says nothing. By design, phone system technology confirms a connection between parties. However, that is not the case with texting. Texting was not designed to get confirmation if the other end received the text. You may send out 1000 text messages and receive confirmation that all of them went through, but that is not 100% correct.
Unfortunately, I learned the hard way when one of my previous bosses felt deceived when I told him that I texted him. He felt I was not truthful even after showing my phone screenshot. Later on, he apologized after receiving the text in the future. It is true that the chance of text not going through is very low, but it can happen.
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