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How Quickly Should You Respond to Emails From Friends?

Reader Angelica recently posed the following question in the GeekSugar Community:

I spent a few days largely off the grid a few weeks ago when I was on vacation. I had my iPhone and computer, but didn't maintain my usual social networking mania. My tweets were sparse, I didn't update Facebook and I didn't email friends back at my usual lightening speed. The reason? I was really busy. Still, I received three emails from friends wondering if I was OK (and in one case, if I was mad at her). Clearly my always available and online status has trained others to think I will be just that — always available — but it's not always possible. How fast do you think friends should expect to hear back from you via email?

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Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
I first read this over the weekend from my phone and couldn't comment. It struck me as odd..because didn't your friends in fact know you were out of town? On a normal daily basis my friends and I g-chat and email back and forth often, but when I get busy we just start talking again the next day. However, before I go somewhere most of my friends know of my plans, and do not expect to hear from me. If they truly needed a response from an email or voice mail I would give them one, but usually they will write or call and say get back to me when you get back or when you can. I guess the disconnect for me is my friends know when I am on vacation and then their expected response time changes.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
I first read this over the weekend from my phone and couldn't comment. It struck me as odd..because didn't your friends in fact know you were out of town? On a normal daily basis my friends and I g-chat and email back and forth often, but when I get busy we just start talking again the next day. However, before I go somewhere most of my friends know of my plans, and do not expect to hear from me. If they truly needed a response from an email or voice mail I would give them one, but usually they will write or call and say get back to me when you get back or when you can. I guess the disconnect for me is my friends know when I am on vacation and then their expected response time changes.
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