Instant messaging

Doesn’t mean

Instant responses

Should be demanded

Or endless availability

Expected.

Being online

Doesn’t obligate a person

To to giving you their attention,

And them seeing a message

Is not the same as

Being ready to respond to it.

The promise of instant messaging

Is that a message

Can be drafted on one device

And then sent by a series

Of networks to another device

In seconds.

In other words,

The instant part

Of instant messaging

Is achieved by the tech.

But that says nothing

About how the message

Will be received

And how quickly it will be

Responded to.

Which is the human part.

And as with anything

That involves other humans;

Things often don’t go

As planned and as such,

A little bit of patience

Goes a long way.

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