The Accidentally-On-Purpose Text Message14comments
The story you are about to read is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent (or the not so innocent, depending on your opinion).
It was 1am on a random Tuesday night. Our heroine was fast asleep in her bed, dreaming of sugar plum fairies, or some such thing. Suddenly she was awoken by the sound of her phone vibrating with a text message. She pointedly ignored it. A few moments later, the phone buzzed with another text. Fearing the worst, our heroine arose from her slumber and reached for her phone.
“Hey baby.” Read the text message from the guy that our heroine had gone on a few dates with about six months ago.
“Oops, wrong person!” Was the second message from the same guy.
Uh, yeah, right.
Aah, the accidental text message. Or, rather, the not-so-accidental text message. Because, honestly, in this day and age of smart phones and smarter texters, is there such a thing as the accidental text?
Since I am nothing if not an amateur scientist (stop laughing), I pulled out my own phone to see if I could recreate this occurrence. I have an iPhone and it sorts my text messages into conversations. The ones at the very top are from the people I text and talk to all the time: my boyfriend, my sister, my mom. Logically, if I wasn’t paying attention, I might send my sister a text meant for my mom, or vice versa. However, if I haven’t texted someone in months they are not at the top of my message list and, thus, almost impossible to “accidentally” text. And, I’m sorry, but I don’t buy the “well, maybe the two girls had similar names,” such as Liz and Lisa. If he was supposedly texting a girlfriend, then wouldn’t there be an existing conversation between the two? He wouldn’t have to go into his address book to find her. Consequentially, he could not have accidentally texted our heroine. Ladies and gentlemen, the prosecution rests!
The fact that I watch too much “Law and Order” aside, the accidental text really is quite the interesting conundrum. It’s one way to remind someone that you still exist. It, perhaps, opens up a new conversation with someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time. However, it’s kind of a lame move. Why not just call the person if you really want to talk to them? Why fake a text? Apparently, even flirting has gone the passive aggressive route these days.
The digital age leaves a lot open to interpretation. It’s difficult to read tone, or intentions, when you cannot hear a person’s tone or see their face. Likewise, it’s a lot easier to hide behind “Oops, accidentally hit send!” when your message doesn’t achieve the desired result.
What say you, dear reader? Are you Team Accidental Text or Team On Purpose? Should we forgive the Phantom Texter or place him in the Hall of Passive Aggressive Daters*?
*Not technically a real thing…yet.