Last month, we discussed some Texting Tips to keep up with the millennyalz. Today, we’ll address another pressing time management issue: whether to send an email or a text message. To decide the best method of delivery for your message, just consider these three simple questions:
1. Do you want to have an extended conversation right this very minute?
In this modern day, it is expected that whenever you receive a text message, you will immediately respond, if only with “ :-P “ (to decode, turn your head to the left and drink some Scotch.) By contrast, it is acceptable to leave up to 3.6 hours between receiving and responding to an email. Unless you need an answer RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE, leave yourself wiggle room to ignore the message, and send an email.
2. How did the person you’re talking to get in touch, and do you like them?
It happens to the best of us; that horrible moment when you have to communicate with a sub-par specimen of humanity (probably born after 1986.) When stuck in this unfortunate situation, the email-text message conundrum offers an opportunity: to passive aggressively make the sub-par specimen’s life more difficult, respond with whichever technology they did not contact you with.
3. Should your conversation stay on the record?
Remember: your six-year-old grandson can hack into your email and change your password to “TebowRockz,” but no one knows how to retrieve that text message you accidentally deleted with the directions to the golf course and new gentlemen’s club. If your message needs to stay secure, stick with text messaging.