Messy-erStuart Jones Most events on live TV have a seven second delay, which allows censors to bleep inappropriate content. Wouldn’t it be great to have a seven second delay on things we say, text, email, post or tweet? Our first reaction, especially when dealing with a messy situation, rarely makes things better. Usually, things get worse because we react with anger, envy, pride or selfishness. Counting to ten before speaking is still a pretty good idea, although now it may be more useful to say count to ten before hitting send.