Marissa Lingen (mrissa) wrote,
Marissa Lingen
mrissa

Isn't the internet great? Instantaneous communication!

You know what? The instantaneous part is optional. You do not actually have to reply to things the moment you read them -- either on websites or in e-mail. And more to the point, I don't have to, either. This is apparently a point I need to make as an lj policy: I do not guarantee that I will read my e-mail or my lj comments within a given time-frame, and if I do, I do not guarantee that I will respond right away.

And if I do not respond right away, it doesn't mean that I love you, hate you, agree with you, disagree with you...etc. etc. until you get the point. It means that I'm taking awhile to see if I have something to say on the subject and, if so, what it is and how I'm going to say it. It may mean that, while I know what I think and even how to phrase it, I feel more like doing other things. I am allowed to feel more like doing other things.

Don't get me wrong: I enjoy a lot of lj interactions, and I enjoy e-mail. But I also enjoy getting enough sleep at night, going for a walk, reading a book or watching a movie without popping upstairs every five minutes, spending time with the other mammals in my life. I'll bet you do, too, and I give you a blanket permission: even in the midst of a big discussion, whether it's heated or not, you may step away from the computer and continue with the rest of your life.
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