Why? What genius (I SHOULD AT THIS POINT QUIETLY POINT OUT THAT THE WORD ‘GENIUS’ WAS USED FOR THE PURPOSES OF SARCASM) at Facebook thought this up? And not only that; there would’ve been a meeting at some point, with other Facebook executives, where someone presented this idea on a projector screen and everyone nodded in agreement – yes, this is a good idea, people will be really happy about it, it’ll make us millions. It boggles the mind.
Now, I’m afraid to read messages from anyone without that message passing a security screening via the notification on my phone first. If it demands a long reply, I don’t open it for days. If it doesn’t, I still don’t open it for a while, even if I’m doing nothing. Facebook actually trained me to not open messages. On the flipside, when I send someone else a message and they accidentally open it without replying within two minutes, I get saddened by the idea that they’re insensitive enough to leave it seen, and think they’re probably gossiping with my other friends about that sick party I wasn’t invited to. Basically, this function made me reply more slowly and feel more insecure.
At this point I’d usually try to rally you behind a solution but there isn’t one. Screw you, Facebook.