Whoops! The hidden dangers of instant messaging.

“Stuk in trafic can u get kids?”,
“stayin out”,
“sorry I don’t think this is workin,
it’s not u it’s me”.

These are just some of the many texts,
we can send in an instant.
They can be of an urgent manner,
cowardly, apologetic or angry.
The great thing is they are instantaneous.

However I am sorry to say,
as many of you I am sure already know,
that it is this very “instant” part of messaging,
which can cause trouble.

I can still clearly remember,
one of the first times I pressed send,
and then shouted and roared,
“Oh no, come back”.
to no avail.

I had had words with a great friend of mine,
and I was very cross with her.
I then wrote to another friend,
outlining all my buddy had done wrong.photo credit: nicola.albertini via photopin <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-
I had let rip in the text.
I then pressed send,
and screamed loudly,
as that message instantly landed,
on the wrong buddies phone!

Thankfully our friendship goes back a long way,
and she was very good about it.
I on the other hand still redden,
at the thought of her reading what I wrote.

The reason I am recalling these dangers,
is that in the past week,
I have sent a string of texts,
to a woman I do not know.

Her name is saved on my phone,
directly above my sons name.
If she is married to a man of a suspicious nature,
she is in big trouble.
Because last Sunday night,
I texted her twice,
“Goodnight sweetheart xxxx”.

Then on Tuesday evening,
I again texted her.
“No prob darling, what ever time suits you”.photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwdave/3283166410/">DavidShutter</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/">cc</a>

Thursday I asked her,
“What time can I expect to see you tomorrow?”,
and finally Friday morning,
I sent one last text,
“Would you like dinner later? Looking forward to seeing you”.

On this final occasion,
I was sure she would break contact,
and demand to know who the hell was texting her.
But no, my phone remained silent.

When I recovered from my embarrassment,
I had thought of sending her one last message, in jest,
telling her that I was tired of our one way relationship,
and her lack of contact.
However I decided maybe that would be one text too far.
So instead I did what I should have done earlier,
I deleted her permanently from my contacts.
And she was “instantly” gone forever!

photo credit: nicola.albertini via photopin
photo credit: DavidShutter via photopin cc


28 thoughts on “Whoops! The hidden dangers of instant messaging.

  1. Too funny! I have a habit of sending messages to the person that I am talking about, instead of the person I’m having a conversation with. That can have interesting consequences.

    1. I have done it once too many times now. It is always accompanied by “Stop, come back!”. It would be fun to combine a list of who had sent what in error.

  2. Wish I could press the Like button several times on this one! But it has always been so. I remember working in a publisher’s office when one of the secretaries sent a very frank and unflattering assessment of one of the authors (written by a reviewer and meant to be seen internally only) – directly to the author himself!

      1. And the reviewer and the author had been at each other’s throats for years. The one thing the author had made us promise was that we wouldn’t send his book to that man! Not only did she send all the review comments, but the name of the reviewer too. It was funny for those of us not directly involved. Perhaps now all of this would take place publically on Amazon.

    1. Oh Tia trust you to ask that question! She was a lady who was sent by the department to assess my son prior to his state exams to see if he qualified for any accommodations such as a reader. Definitely not someone I “knew”.

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