I have a guy at work, high ranking guy but also a peer of mine, so no reporting lines or anything to worry about as a dimension of this. Dude is the kind of guy who texts every single nonsense thing he finds funny, most of it political, and most of it from Twitter. It’s like, I’m not on Twitter. I don’t browse Twitter, I don’t have any interest in it, at all. And I certainly don’t know or care about these “personalities” that you text me everyday about. One of these guys, he’s a satirical columnist for some magazine, I don’t find him funny. Like, to the point of becoming enraged when I get yet another text with a link to some stupid article this bozo has written. The thing is, I’ve told this person that I don’t find this writer funny. And he just continues sending article links and Twitter posts via text.
Most of the time, it’s fine, but some days I’ll get like 15 or 20 texts like this, and the thing is, the ratio of this guy texting me to me texting him is like 10 to 1. You’d think he’d get the hint that I don’t want to engage at the same level. I actually enjoy speaking with the guy, we are very friendly and have a great professional relationship, but the amount of stupid texts that he sends is crazy. I would prefer not to ruin our friendship, but how do I nicely tell him to stop clogging my text inbox with stupid sh!t on a daily basis without him getting his feelings hurt?