“Why I Hate Read Receipts”

It’s the first thing I turn off on a new iOS thingy.

Read receipts are transitioning from a quirky, semi-invasive e-mail option to an always-on feature in messaging services like Facebook, but they aren’t always welcome. In many instances, they create a mild, uncomfortable social pressure—just enough to keep you talking a little longer than you might want.

I’ve stated how much I’ve liked FB Messenger before, but by making read receipts mandatory it’s kind of a deal-breaker. Now I hardly ever initiate conversations from it.