I am a fan of texting. In my opinion, it is one of the best inventions. Ever.
I am one who likes to ponder and think of a response and try to formulate the perfect reply. You can’t do that with a regular telephone conversation. Enter the text. Someone asks a question and I can look at it. Think about it. Type an answer. Edit it. And then hit send. It is wonderful.
So, why would I want a ‘read’ notice sent to the person? I don’t want them to know how long it is taking me to come up with an appropriate response. I want to give the illusion that I am able to have conversations without rough drafts. I’d like to feign the “I just saw your message and here is my brilliant reply off the cuff” comeback. But I can’t do it if the person sees I read the text an hour ago.
Of course, I turn it off in my settings but there is always that little part of paranoia in me that the setting gets turned on and I am sending out ‘read’ messages and everyone knows my little secret. I might as well dial a number and (heaven forbid) actually talk to a person.
Now, that’s just me being silly.