“How could you ignore me? I saw a blue tick hours ago!”
“I didn’t ignore you, I was just busy with some work then that’s why I replied now!”
How many times has it happened with you?
Saw a message(opened a chat and glanced at it) and forgot to reply to it , or better yet “decided” reply later, and got judged or felt guilty or both?
And when some of us decide to just turn-off the “seen” notification for good, there’s the endless messages asking , “Why have you turned off this feature?” or a more straightforward reprimand like “Turn on the blue tick!”
The whole point of the “blue tick” or “seen” notifications on instant messaging applications is to convey to the sender that their message has been received. But what was supposed to be a simple acknowledgement mechanism, has instead become yet another reason of what is known as the FOMO(fear of missing out) syndrome.
And while the people most affected by this phenomenon are obviously the “Millennials” , it is not uncommon to see a considerable number of the Gen-X population affected by it too.
This is just one of the issues with just some of the IM apps that I have come across. There are more such features , one standout being “XYZ deleted this message.”
The problem with such features is that it triggers unnecessary worry in the minds of people and might even lead to severe anxiety in some , thereby distracting them from the more important tasks at hand.
It all comes down to two main points :
i) A user interface that is actually user-friendly, and not just a pretty packaging.
ii) Using technology and it’s features smartly, and responsibly.
Whether technology is a boon or a bane has been a debate since the past few decades, and which side ultimately wins this debate depends on not just the users, but also the developers of technology.
p. s :- This is not a paid article and only personal opinions have been expressed. No offence to any organisation , person or technology intended.
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