High-tech misunderstandings

Here’s a little story that may boost your faith in the ability of strangers to behave with compassion and humor under the most mundane and anonymous of circumstances.

I once received a text message that caused me to look over my shoulder and all around, expecting to see someone filming my reaction.  Having never experienced the sort of vivid language that I imagine can only be had within the intimacy of a deranged relationship, I thought it had to be a joke that someone was assaulting me over my phone with accusations of abuse, cold-heartedness, and abandonment.  I decided it had to be a she since the words contained the depth of drama and hurt only a young woman can seem to muster.   I reread the text and as I did, another one came in from the same person. The second text was over the top apologetic as she acknowledged that she had sent the first text to my phone number in error.   The words of the second text were as full of regret as the first was full of pain.  Maybe most people wouldn’t have but at that point I decided to reply to her.  I told her it was okay that she accidentally sent me the text, that everyone makes mistakes. I wished her luck and said I hoped things worked out for her.  She immediately replied saying, “LOL!  Thanks  for understanding. I wasn’t expecting a nice wish. Thanks man.”   That was that.  I smiled and the story made for a good little snippet of conversation at a dinner party we had that evening.

High tech has brought the world tremendous benefits.   I don’t have to list them here.  But there are also ways that high-tech has been less than tremendous.  And, guess what, I don’t have to list those here either.  I’ll let this Wall Street Journal article called High-Tech Messages Can Get Lost in Translation do that for me.  I encourage you to read it.  It’ll make your day and may even liven up your next dinner party.

About Peter Armaly
I get jazzed by automation, big data, and blockchain tech. Business, technology, and fitness are things I understand. Scotch, wine, food, and fiction are things I appreciate.

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