There are two types of people in this world: those who leave their Read Receipts on and those who decide to disable the feature.
The Read Receipt was one of the biggest controversial topics when Apple first introduced it in iOS 5. Many people were annoyed, and some were downright enraged with this new addition to the iPhone.
There is something to be said, however, for the certain people who have decided to leave their Read Receipts activated. They can fall into a number of different categories:
1. The Confident Ones
These people don’t exactly think something as simple as “read at 6:47 pm” can sting when a reply is not followed immediately. This is probably because they are confident enough in themselves to know not every message needs to be followed by a reply.
Some people get sidetracked and forget, while others just blatantly ignore the message. This, however, does not make the person think any less about him or herself, nor does this person understand why it offends so many people.
2. The Ones Who Like To Play Mind Games
Most teenagers and young adults now believe that whoever cares less in the relationship holds most of the power. Choosing to leave the Read Receipts on gives them said power (or so their tiny brains believe).
You might hear someone say, “I started talking to this new guy, but he isn’t answering me back right away. I’m gonna turn my Read Receipts on, read his messages and then make him wait.”
This shows insecurity and is, quite honestly, fairly juvenile.
3. The Oblivious Ones
I’m sure we all know someone who simply has no idea his or her Read Receipts feature is turned on.
It could be the quirky, young, college girl who is just oblivious to the fact everyone can see when she has read their messages, or it could be the older gentleman who might not be as quite technologically savvy as the rest of us.
I’ve had to tell a number of friends, “Hey, you know your Read Receipts are on, right?” Once I have told them this, they are completely mortified by the amount of people they have been trying to ignore over the past couple of months, and immediately turn the setting off.
I once had to ask my mom why she had never opened a message from one of her friends. She replied, “I didn’t want her to see I read her message.”
This is a perfectly acceptable answer. If her Read Receipts had been on, she would be completely oblivious.
4. The Ones Who Don't Give A F*ck
This is most likely the majority of people. I, myself, happen to fall under this particular category.
Yes, I keep my Read Receipts on. Why, you may ask?
The answer is simple: I just do not give a f*ck if you saw I read your message and didn't reply. If I want to reply, I will. If not, I won’t waste my time typing the dreaded letter, “K,” to show you I have gotten your message. The Read Receipts will do that for me.
I don’t say this to hurt anyone's fragile feelings, but this is just how most of us who fall under this category work.
For those few of us who keep our Read Receipts on, more power to us. There is, however, something to be said about our more commonplace counterparts: For those who turn their Read Receipts off, I’m sure they have their own agenda.
Whether that's an honest one or not, the decision is up to them.