Names: Leah and Jim
Occupations: Photographer and Landlord
Decade Born: 1980’s
Location: New Hampshire
J: Everything has it’s place and it’s own context. I actually get frustrated when people text me about things that we really need to talk about like when there are too many details. I feel like society is still working through the context. People text me saying ‘call me when you get a sec’ instead of just calling me and leaving a message.
The frustrating thing about text messaging is that there are no boundaries. So like I have a bunch of properties that I manage and my tenants text me at 7:30 in the morning on a Saturday. I had to send everyone an email reminding them that there are boundaries. I’m not on call 24/7 unless it’s an emergency. You can’t text me at 7:30 am on a Saturday and tell me that your neighbor’s dog pooped on your side of the lawn. You know? You just can’t. You have to create boundaries. I had to draw a line in the sand with my tenants.
L: But we also realized that now it’s the weekend for the tenants so they want to get caught up on the things that they want to get done, so they’re like, ‘oh yeah, we need to communicate to Jim about this’ and their form is text which is like an immediate thing to him and he’s like, ‘I want to read that Monday morning in an e-mail, not when I’m trying to have breakfast with my wife on a Saturday morning’.
J: And the expectation is that you’ll answer right away so if I don’t answer right away, they think I’m ignoring them and it’s some social obligation.