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If you're like most people, you're probably not a huge fan of group texting. The problem is that it's become such a normal part of our daily lives that it's difficult to remember that there are rules for using it in a way that makes everyone feel comfortable and respected. And if you don't follow these rules when using group chats, your friends may stop inviting you into their groups entirely. So here are some tips on how to make your next group chat (or any kind of text-based interaction) go more smoothly:
It’s annoying to get a text and see that someone has replied directly to everyone in the group, rather than just you. This happens when the sender of the message doesn’t realize that they are sending it to everyone, or is too lazy to type out all their recipients individually. This can add unnecessary noise into your group chat.
The best way to avoid this is by replying directly from the person who sent you the message—no need for a “team effort” on answering them! If you do want to reply with something for everyone else in the group, start a new conversation with yourself so that it gets sent as an individual message (or whatever other method your platform allows).
The first thing to know is that it's not the end of the world if you don't get a response right away. In fact, it's very likely that some of your group members won't respond at all. Some people just aren't good at responding quickly, or they might not have time to answer every message individually (which is perfectly fine). The important thing is to keep calm and wait for replies before panicking. If you don't hear back from someone after a couple of hours, try sending them another message about whatever it was you were talking about before.
Don't spam your group members with multiple messages asking for responses; this will only annoy them and make everyone feel bad about themselves! It also doesn't matter if other people have responded in the meantime—just because one person has responded doesn't mean everyone else will respond immediately as well.
If you're in a group text, it's not your personal assistant. Don't treat it like one—or your friends will lose respect for you.
That means don't include the group in conversations that are really just about you: "Hey everyone, I'm at the airport and my flight has been delayed for three hours! Can someone please bring me food?" And no more asking the whole group to send messages to people who aren't part of the conversation yet, just so they'll be more likely to respond (which is annoying on its own).
What if one of your friends sends a photo or video that's not appropriate? Obviously, this depends on what kind of thing we're talking about here—but if it's something that's too revealing or inappropriate for general consumption (like nudes), don't forward it along to everyone else in the chat unless they've agreed beforehand that they're okay with receiving such content from each other. You may also want to remind them individually before sending any photos or videos out into cyberspace; otherwise anyone could see them accidentally by mistake!
Don't send out messages that are self-congratulatory or too inside-jokey. You might be tempted to get your friends involved in the project you're working on, or want them to know how much fun you're having at work—but don't do it! You don't want anyone else to feel left out because they didn't get the joke, and if everyone else is working hard on their own projects, then it might seem unfair if someone else's project is getting more attention than theirs.
Don't send out messages that are too short and terse, especially if they're work related. If a message is short and curt with no context provided for its meaning (like “im here”), then it can be difficult for people who aren't already familiar with the sender to understand what exactly has been said. And even if there is context provided through other channels (like an email), this still creates an extra burden for those receiving these types of messages since they'll have additional steps before being able to understand what was intended by such cryptic communication methods used by others within their group texts! Plus: The more nonsensical these types of communications become within groups over time - especially during stressful periods when everyone needs support most desperately - could really start making things worse instead of better overall...
Don't send too many messages at once.
This one's pretty self-explanatory, but it can be easy to forget when you're in the middle of a group text that's going well. You might think things are moving along at a nice clip, and so feel like you should keep the ball rolling by adding another question or comment to your previous message. But if you're sending off five or six messages all at once, they may get lost in the shuffle as everyone else gets distracted by something else happening on their phone (or life). If there's a lull in conversation, though, they'll stand out even more—and make it seem like you're trying too hard to join in (which feels rude).
Don't expect immediate responses when texting coworkers.
My friend who works for Facebook always tells me how frustrating she finds it when people text her with questions about work stuff that can be answered via email without them having called beforehand because she needs more time than usual to reply back with full sentences that aren't just yes/no answers! And this is especially true if those emails would take longer than two minutes for her colleague to write up during their break time between classes; by then she could've already responded three times instead of just one!
You should also be careful about when you send messages. If it's not urgent, hold off until the group can get together to discuss it.
It's okay for people to respond later in a group text; it’s even better if you don't have time to wait for a response anyway (and there are so many people in the group that it's just not possible).
Be considerate of others. Group texts can be useful, but it's important to keep in mind that not everyone is privy to every single message sent. This can be especially important for sensitive information such as critical updates about someone who is ill or injured—you might not want the whole group knowing about something like that.
Be careful what you send. If a question comes up during a group chat, don't send multiple messages back-and-forth with your answer; it could take up space on everyone else's phone. Instead, ask if they want their answer privately or prefer the convenience of a group text exchange (and if so, how long they should wait before replying).
Don't send too many messages at once (or too few). When there are multiple people involved in a conversation with one another through texting, don't blast out one long message all at once; leave room for responses between each line of thought instead of trying to cram everything into one big paragraph so your audience has time to digest what was said before reading more from you! And if there are just two people having an intimate conversation without any other distractions around them then go ahead and send whatever pops into mind without worrying about spelling out each word properly first because no one else will see this message anyway ;)
Don't text and drive. In fact, don't even use your phone while driving at all—it's too dangerous! Even if your only goal is to send a quick "I'm on the road!" message, it's best to pull over and do so safely.
In fact, texting while driving is illegal in many places around the world. Have you ever heard of distracted driving? That's what happens when you text while driving: you take your eyes off the road for several seconds at a time (which can be dangerous enough), or even longer if there are many texts back and forth between you and another person or people who want to know where their ride is.
Read receipts, or “read status,” are a handy feature on messaging apps. They tell you if the person you sent a message to has read it by changing from green to blue. They can help you decide whether to send another message (if they haven’t read yours), or help keep you from sending too many messages at once (if they have).
But some people don't like them—and that's totally fine! Read receipts are only useful in certain situations, and even then they can be annoying if used excessively. If someone doesn't want their read status made public, don't push them into turning off their app's default setting for everyone else's benefit just so they feel more comfortable around you.
In a group text, it can be difficult to know when you're supposed to speak up. If you don't know what the conversation is about, or you're unsure when someone else in the group is going to respond, that's okay! You can wait for your turn and ask for clarification after reading all of the messages sent so far. This will show respect for everyone in the group and allow each person equal opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings on a given topic.
If at any point during discussion of an issue or event it becomes clear that no one else has anything else relevant or insightful to add, simply end your message with “That's all I have” or “I agree with what was said already.” It shows consideration for your fellow texters by preventing them from sending more messages than necessary; this not only saves everyone time but also helps them avoid getting repetitive fatigue over time spent scrolling through unnecessary replies to things they've already stated clearly enough without adding any new information.
When you're in a group text with someone, don't send another message until you've waited for at least 10 minutes. It's rude to keep bombarding someone with messages or notifications when they haven't responded.
Don't send too many messages either! If your phone is in your hand constantly, it'll feel like texting is the only way to communicate with other people (especially if it's used as a way to avoid face-to-face interactions).
Do not send any more than one message every five minutes—or even once an hour if the conversation is going well enough that no one feels pressured by others' responses.
There are exceptions: if someone asks something specific that requires immediate attention (and then doesn't respond), or if there's an emergency situation happening right now where everyone needs to get together immediately—but these should be extremely rare circumstances!
When adding people to group chats, it's always polite to provide a reason for adding them. This can be as simple as explaining that you want to add them because they're friends with one of the other members (for example) or because they have something important to contribute (e.g., "I've invited my coworker so that we can discuss our schedules").
If someone has been added without their knowledge, it's polite for them to ask what's going on—but if you don't get an answer, consider removing the person from your group chat instead of making him or her feel uncomfortable by staying silent about your intentions. Again: being courteous here is key!
When leaving a group chat yourself, simply state that fact without any further explanation—and again give yourself ample time before doing so.
Don't send too many messages at once, especially if you've been the most quiet member of the group. Even if your friends are used to being in touch all the time, keep in mind that they might not have time to read everything right away. So don't flood their inboxes with lengthy paragraphs or photos; instead, try sending one message at a time and wait for them to respond before sending another.
Don't send more than one message per day. Sending messages throughout the day will convey a sense of urgency—and often, it's not necessary! If something comes up during work hours and you want to let someone know immediately (like an important meeting), then sure: text or call them directly and get back to work as soon as possible! But otherwise, try not sending multiple texts throughout an entire day because this may make people feel pressured or distracted from their work responsibilities — unlike how texting can often help boost productivity when done correctly
If you're the kind of person who likes to keep up with your old friends and family, group texting is a great way to do it. Just be sure that you treat all of the people in the chat equally—don't ignore certain members when they speak or make sure that everyone gets a chance to reply. And if something isn't working out for you in a group text? Don't feel pressured into staying in the group; just leave it behind!
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