You sent a text message, but your friend has not responded after an hour. With each passing minute, you become more concerned the longer you wait.
As communication platforms have gotten tucked into our pockets and carried with us wherever we go, there are more ways to reach people than ever before, and the desire to respond has become more common. We “should” respond because we appear to be capable of doing so at all times. Furthermore, the apps on our phones and social media sites have firmly planted the idea of 24-hour communication into our daily lives.
“We’ve been conditioned towards immediate returns,” says Michael Stefanone, a professor of communication at the University of Buffalo in the United States who specializes in social networks. Meanwhile, if you get mad the next time someone doesn’t respond to your message, the best response is to put the phone down for a while – being connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week is stressful enough.