Have you noticed – those of you who have teenage children that there are unwritten rules when it comes to texting?
When you want to get hold of your children – particularly if they are out and late home – when you text them, you never get an immediate reply? Their phones have miraculously run out of credit at that exact moment, or they’re out of signal zone, or their phone is in their friend’s bag, or it’s been stolen, or, or, or they didn’t hear it because it was on silent or they did text back and they don’t know why I didn’t get it, or, or, or…..
But when it comes to them texting you – they want and IMMEDIATE reply. If my firstborn texts me from uni, within five minutes, he’s always send’s several “????” all increasingly indignant. That of course is after three texts from me asking how he is, how his weekend was, how did the exam go?….Nothing. For days on end and then, when he wants to know the last three digits on my credit card (forget it) I get 8 prompts within 10 minutes.
DON”T THEY SEE THE UNFAIRNESS OF THIS??
SO. Last night, I had to go to a work function. I was in a dark, sweaty room with loud noise and no signal. I wasn’t late leaving but I was busy networking whilst there and didn’t check my phone. I was practicing saying “inbound content” a lot because that seems to be the new key word in social media success oh and any time I didn’t know the answer I said “strategic” a lot, which became increasingly difficult to say after a few wines.
When I got outside, I checked my phone to find this steam of messages from my daughter:-
AND SO ON….
IN ADDITION, she has made me sign up to “Find Friends” so that I can check up on her whenever I need to, but I don’t know how to use it and instead, I am getting daily (at least) texts from her saying “What are you doing in Clapham?” or “why are you in Hammersmith?” or whatever….which is driving me insane. My daughter is stalking me.
Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around?