Too often, movies, TV shows, music videos, and friends tell us to wait until the last appropriate moment to text someone back. We're told to follow the three-day rule after a date, or not to text until texted.
This is all totally wrong. Here's why.
No one is ever on the same page with texts
The first text message was sent on December 3rd, 1992, giving the world barely 25 years to perfect this flawed method of communication. Compare this with the 150-odd years of experience that people have had making telephone calls. There are so many things that can go wrong from both texting and not texting.
You send the wrong emoji, your punctuation comes off as passive-aggressive, you mean to write "hey, how are you" but accidentally send the best-lit dick pic.
More common than sending the wrong text message is sending the right text message that gets lost in translation. To you, sending, "I had so much fun on Thursday" a week after Thursday happened isn't necessarily a move that resonates with the person you're texting. To you, you've waited the "right amount of time," but to them, you're nothing more than an emotional fisherman… dangling them on the hook with no regard for their feelings.