Ok, this is gonna sound crazy but I felt like I should share my thoughts on this issue. When the iPhones updated their OS everyone had the option of letting people know when they had read the message. At first I declined because I thought, "Oh no...then people will know I have read their message and just haven't responded!"
When Chris updated his phone he accepted read receipts. I came to enjoy knowing if/when he had read my messages. And then...you might find this funny but the Lord started dealing with my heart about the goofy read receipts.
I am not telling you all of this to try and convince you to enable read receipts on your phone...I'm just telling you why I did.
The Lord has been working on my heart about being a good friend. About taking friendships to the next level. Not backing off when things get messy and to really dig deep. I know my friends need to be able to count on me. So...it shouldn't hurt me to show them that I have read their message. It will hold me accountable to respond. And guess what? They know life is crazy and I might be able to read their message but not respond for a couple of minutes, or even hours.
Another benefit, at least with Chris is if I see that he has read but not responded it gives me an opportunity to reword to elicit a response.
So, I'm curious...why or why not regarding read receipts? I only have three people in my life that have enabled read receipts so I know it is not the popular choice.