People today communicate by texting, emailing, and social media updates. Instead of calling up a friend, we all type out a message and hit send, then wait for a response.
Unfortunately, humans haven't changed much. Despite our best efforts, we still discuss others when they aren't around. We're just doing our gossiping in writing, which is...
One person could easily show another the mean texts you sent. Since we're all (I assume) over the age of 20, that probably isn't an issue, though. The biggest issue once you grow up and start working is the runaway email.
You know what I'm talking about. You type a long rant about something one of your coworkers did and hit "send." Only to realize, too late, that you cc'd the person you were gossiping about on the email you just sent.
If you work in an office, you may be able to retract the email...if the person hasn't read it yet. People are fast on that "open" button.
Friendships, relationships, and careers can be destroyed with one email. At the very least, things will be very awkward with the person you were writing about for the rest of time. But for those who use Gmail, there is an option. It's called Undo Send.
Once enabled, it gives you up to 30 seconds to pull that email back. That means every email you send will be held for 30 seconds, giving you ample time to realize what you've done and undo it.
Have you ever sent an email or text you wanted to take back?