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Whatsapp check marks: Good or Bad?

I love whatsapp.
My mobile communication life has greatly improved since I had it a few years ago:
I no longer need to make expensive calls (was never really a talker anyway) unless it’s an emergency.
I no longer need to send short messages (SMS) via the mobile network operator. Those were expensive, and oh-so-limited to just text *gasps* while smileys were restricted to colons and brackets like this -> : ) …unless you send a multimedia message (MMS) which is even more expensive! Gosh.
I was among the first of my group of friends to have whatsapp and proudly introduced it to some of them – “we can message for free* now!” *Free in comparison to the expensive & limited SMS/MMS options then.
So yes I love whatsapp!
The check marks however, is a different story.
In case you’re not familiar with whatsapp, here’s how the check marks work:
When you send a message and it is delivered to the server: 1 check mark (tick) appears beside your message.
When it reaches the receiver’s device: Another tick appears, totalling 2 ticks. However, just because it has reached the receiver’s device it doesn’t necessarily mean that it has been read (you can receive a message and not open in for hours..days..etc). This has led to many a confusion about messages thought to have been read and ignored (when they were probably only delivered but yet to be read).
Well, I have good news for you! Or maybe not so good news?!
Whatsapp now has coloured ticks to show that a message has been read!
Read about how it works here:
http://www.androidpit.com/whatsapp-check-marks-explained
Basically, if the 2 ticks mentioned above change from grey to blue – the message has been “read”.
Pros:
Now you will know for sure if your message was read (and if it was ignored).
Cons:
Now you will know for sure if you message was read (and if it was ignored).
Yeah…why do I forsee a problem with this? Sometimes it’s good to NOT know “for sure” about something…
Similar to the “last seen” status, I think this “read” ticks really just promotes stalking. There I said it! Honestly, I’ve had less to worry about when I can’t see when people were “last seen” and vice versa. If only I could not see when they were “online” or “typing..” either but I don’t think that’s an option. :/
I hope there’s an option to disable this “read” ticks. If you find out how, let me know.
Until then, enjoy stalking! I mean whatsapping! šŸ˜‰

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