How to Read a Message Without the Sender Knowing You Saw It

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Read receipts are both extremely useful and the bane of many people’s existence. Let’s say someone sends you a message and you don’t want to reply right away, but you’re worried they’ll see your availability status if you chat with someone else. Is it impolite to be seen “Online” and yet not reply to a message? For some apps, you can turn  off read receipts and/or your “last seen” status, but then you don’t get to see those things for other folks. This post tries to explore the answer to the question: “When does somebody actually know if I’ve seen their message?” Apart from dodging…

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