Is it necessary to acknowledge messages always?A little while ago I spoke about checking emails regularly in the context of ISC. This thread is a general discussion on a somewhat related aspect.
We often share a joke or a photo or convey a piece of news through WhatsApp. Some people expect us to react in some way, perhaps through an emoji or a message and get annoyed if we don't do so, even expecting that we should do so right away and not after many hours or the next day. In my opinion, is it really necessary to give a reaction, whether immediately or at some later point? I do think it is basic courtesy to say thanks for a congratulatory message or when somebody wishes you on your birthday, anniversary, a festive occasion, and the like. Even in the current pandemic scenario if somebody asks a simple how are you, it would be good to reply as obviously the sender is anxious. Otherwise, though, I feel it is not really necessary to send back a reply or post an emoji to each and every message/image. The two blue ticks indicate that I have seen it, isn't that enough?
In contrast to my aforementioned view, in the case of an SMS or an email, I do feel it would be nice to acknowledge receipt of a message, whether or not it is conveying wishes or something else. Communication itself indicates a two-way process, isn't it? Otherwise, it is akin to talking with oneself! If you do not wish to communicate at all, then also I feel one should be clear and frank rather than let the other person feel neglected, perhaps even troubled about the reason for the lack of acknowledging messages.