I was minding my own business, safely tucked away in my bed at 8:29 this Independence Day, when I was jolted awake by my phone alerting me that I had a text message!
What?! It's 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday. A Holiday Saturday. This text is obviously important.
I feel around for my phone, obtain it, open my eyes and see "Happy fourth of July" from an obscure contact.
Are you kidding me?
I was was jerked out of my peaceful slumber for this??
Yes, obviously, this is my fault. Seeing how I can't control other people, I should be more responsible and turn off my phone.
BUT, I just can't do it. I have the hardest time turning off my phone at night. What if someone really needs to get a hold of me? I have been in the position where I needed help and couldn't receive it because cell phones were off. So anyway, I keep my cell on most of the time, so I suppose I must deal with the little annoyances.
But I don't want to.
I propose a filter for texts. My phone should be able to filter texts and decide if it is appropriate to send through based on time of day and the content of the message. If it is of no importance, like the message I received this morning, my phone will not alert me of a message, but the text will be waiting (quietly) for me in my inbox when I choose to find it. If, however, the text is legitimate, my phone will proceed with it's usual message waiting indicator.
I would ask the sender of the text to go through these same filters, but I think it will be more realistic for my phone to accomplish these goals.