THESE DAYS TEXT messaging seems to be entirely functional. If you want to communicate in a fun way, it’s all about Whatsapp.
The messaging service has lots of us getting involved in group chats, some of which go on for years and involve lots of friends.
Alas, as with any social activity, there are always going to be some people who don’t really get the etiquette. Here are the worst things people do in a Whatsapp group.
Using group chat to converse with only one member
People who fail to realise that that they can use Whatsapp to chat one on one are a nightmare. There’s nothing worse than watching two members of the group dissect an event they attended, or plan the logistics of a night out that you’re not involved in.
Chatting about something irrelevant most members
Want to have an in-depth talk about a play you went to? A football game you enjoyed? A group chat is not the place to do it if on a couple of you were involved.
Not cool, man.
Only giving one-word responses
Come on! This is a conversation! If you don’t want to be here make your excuses and leave.
Failing to contribute
There’s nothing creepier than someone lurking in the background, watching everything that’s going on and saying nothing. Don’t be that creep.
Leaving a group without saying anything
When someone new is added into a group, it’s a big deal. The dynamics change, and everyone has to adjust.
If you are deemed special enough to be added to a group, it is the height of rudeness to leave without contributing anything.
Someone adding you to a group you don’t want to be in
We’ve heard tell of some workplace Whatsapp groups that people are autmoatically added to when they start.
THIS IS NOT COOL. As already mentioned above, it’s not ok to leave a group without contributing, so you’re essentially stuck there.
Sending gross pictures
It is unkind to send people gross pictures that they don’t want to see, but it’s especially unkind on Whatsapp. Y’see, unless you’re clever with the settings, all the images you receive are automatically saved to your camera roll.
What other things do people do that bother you in your group chats?