Hopefully, you would not call someone in the middle of the night to share something that just happened to “pop” into your head. This same courtesy should also be applied when sending a text.
It’s wonderful you could stay out late last night because you didn’t have to get up early to go to work this morning. However, I did have to get up early. Being awakened by your text in the middle of the night to ask, “watcha doin?”, did not sit well with me. At 3:00am, I was enjoying precious sleep.
Yes, I could have turned my cell phone off. However, I pay for cell phone service so I can be notified in the event of an emergency. I should not have to turn my cell phone off so I am not bothered by trivial, inappropriately timed texts. We are not in a habit of turning our land lines off at night. Why should we have to turn our cell phones off?
The next time you send a text, consider the time. If your recipient could be sleeping, hold on to that information until the next day.