The use of self-destructing messages in modern communication is a relatively new but increasingly popular phenomenon. The premise is based on the idea that these types of messages have an inherent time limit, after which they are automatically deleted from the recipient’s phone and can’t be seen again. This is different from a message that has been sent to someone and then read without being opened or responded to, because if it’s still there, you know they’ve seen it. Here are the benefits of self destructive text messages in modern communication:

Protects your privacy

When someone reads your message and deletes it, others will not be able to see it. Unless you show it to them.

Clears up clutter

When you have read and deleted a message, there is no way for you to know that it existed, or what was in it unless you saw the conversation first hand. This is especially useful if you have a large SMS inbox.

Prevents embarrassment

When you send a message to yourself, you are creating a record that others don’t have access to. By sending a self-destructing message, you can ensure that the text is no longer visible or accessible to anyone else.

Eliminates unwanted contact

Not every text message should be read and responded to immediately. Some SMS will exist on your phone for days or weeks at a time without being read, and it’s important to know when it becomes “stale” and needs to be deleted.

Gives you a second chance

When you send a self-destructing message, there’s no going back. You can instantly erase what you’ve just sent, and that message will never get read. This gives you a great deal of privacy, because if your phone is ever lost or stolen, the thief won’t be able to view your personal messages. If they try to access your sent box and open the text from their phone, it will have already been deleted from yours.