Over the years, there have been numerous time where I didn't respond to a simple message for an embarrassingly long time. Also, over the years, I stopped trying to concoct plausible-sounding excuses for why I didn't respond. Now I just open with the title of the post, and move straight onto the answering. It's not like anyone ever remembers or really cares about my reason anyway. They just want an answer.
Anyway, sorry for the delay in getting to the point of this post. Which is a link to this Dinosaur Comic which offers some thoughts on just this topic:
Sorry I Didn't Reply to Your Text for Like Three Days: A Web Card
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