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Phone Calling and Text Messaging Etiquette – What’s too Early or too Late?

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I had a funny situation happen last night/this morning. I sent text messages to two completely different friends a little after 10:00 last night. I didn’t hear back from either at the time because both were asleep. They both responded a little after 6:00 this morning when I was fast asleep. It made me wonder about phone etiquette.

I’ll be the first to admit that my schedule is a bit unusual. Since I’m on the air until 8pm, I like to wind down for a while when I get out of work, and I usually don’t go to bed till after midnight. Being that I sometimes have a hard time sleeping, I’m usually in bed till sometime between 9 and 10am.

As far as I’m concerned when it comes to the phone, unless it’s an emergency, I don’t exist before 10am. (Before you say anything, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s nice to not have to be to work until Noon).

Obviously, most people work somewhere between 8-9am and 4-6pm. I would assume that most people go to bed sometime between 10 and 11pm and get up sometime between 6 and 7am.

So here’s my question to you, what’s too late at night to call or text message someone? And what’s too early in the morning to do the same? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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