For years we have considered the length of time it takes for a person to return a phone call as a small sign of respect. The old “You don’t leave the President on hold” axiom has been alive and well for generations.
But what about today? Forget the phone. We are getting pounded for feedback on hundreds of notes from people via Facebook, Twitter, text and email. On top of that, everyone still considers the length of time to respond as an indicator of respect, regardless of how they sent the message.
Suddenly, someone you haven’t spoken to in 20 years, sends a request via Facebook to join the cause labeled “stop the use of live dogs and cats as shark bait”……. What is the socially acceptable timeframe to respond? Even if I agree that no dog or cat, dead or alive, should be used as shark bait, does that mean I have to join? And, of course, if I do join, do I upset all the people who are partial to pet rabbits?
It is all very complicated, and way above my ability to comprehend. But I do see one trend that has been consistent for generations and I assume it will continue. If you have something relevant, important, or funny to say, you will usually get a response. Unfortunately, due to the amount of crap we have to weed through first, it may not be timely.