A group of ladies and I were sitting around a table at the ice skating rink the other day as our kids were all out having a great time ice skating. All of a sudden, everyone of our phones went off at the same time.
First, let me caveat this by saying the information in the group text was important, it was a prayer request. Please hear my heart here, I want to know about prayer requests and enjoy getting them. This is not the point of this post!
BUT…. only a week prior to this I received a group text from someone and I was 1 of 20 phone numbers that the message was sent to. I only knew the sender of the group text.
I was in bed and trying to go to sleep. When before I knew it I was caught in the middle of a huge argument with people I did not know at 10 pm at night. Seriously people?!!?
This argument went on for a couple of days, not to mention the other recipients chiming in to the group message (that was not that important by the way).
This sent me over the text messaging cliff.
I understand the value in group messages, I really do!
It is time consuming, and can be frustrating to send out 20 individual messages. (Trust me I know, I have 23 tenants and I NEVER send out group texts for privacy reasons.)
This blog post speaks to the receiver of the group text….actually let me write it this way,
THIS BLOG POST SPEAKS TO THE RECIPIENTS OF THE GROUP TEXT!!!
(Well mostly.) 🙂
DO NOT…I repeat, PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND to the group text. Every response to the group conversation perpetuates the frustration for all of the receivers. Am I the only one here?
Here is the dilemma I face. I have to at least acknowledge every text or phone call I receive due to our job. I do not have the luxury of just ignoring my phone when it goes off, day or night. When I am interrupted by 20+ responses that are really none of my business, I get more then a little frustrated.
What do we do with this major source irritation?
5 Tips to Stop the Group Text Insanity
Tip #1: Note to the sender: Please remind the recipients in the body of the text that they are reading a group text and to not respond via the group conversation.
Now To the recipients of the group text:
Tip # 2: DO NOT HIT REPLY
Tip # 3: If you feel you need or must reply, start a new personal message directly to the sender. (make sure if you respond through your recent messages it is NOT the group text.)
Tip # 4: If people are responding to the group text and driving you crazy, then reply to the group text kindly and remind them that this is a group text and is public to all. Hopefully, that may stop the conversation….then again it may not. 🙂
Tip # 5: Please do not rely on the settings on your phone. My experience is they do not always work how you think they do! For example, I asked one of the ladies who told me about a setting on her phone that she uses to respond “privately” to the group text. So, I asked her to use the setting and reply. Sure enough, just a moment after she did so every one of our phones went off again!
How do you feel about group text messages? Do they drive you crazy or are you indifferent about them? Do you have any tips in regards to your group conversations?