Do you feel like you spend more of your day responding to messages than living? Do you need to turn off your smartphone at work and hide in a closet just to get “real” work done? If so, you may be suffering from messaging fatigue.
One source of this ailment is the need–whether perceived or real–to respond immediately to messages we receive. We feel that if someone sends us a message and we don’t respond immediately, something horrible will happen–we’ll lose a customer, damage a friendship, miss out on an opportunity.