When you are in a texting group, there are certain personal rules you should follow, if you are keen on not being the most annoying person on the group. Here’s how not to be the most annoying person on your group text chain.
Stay on subject
Group texting is not meant for mindless chatter and it should have a purpose or goal. Making plans or sharing an article or funny picture are all reasons to group text with friends or family. Catching up on your day is better discussed individually or in person.
You can’t really carry on a normal conversation over a group text because it is usually has many people involved and occurs rapidly. Make sure you have a purpose and stay on subject before hitting send a text to ten of your friends.
Don’t rush the conversation
Allow everyone to get a chance to talk. When a subject is being discussed on the group, make sure everyone has contributed to the conversation before moving on to something else.
It gets confusing when someone starts talking about a separate topic and everyone is scrolling back to catch up on what’s happening. The conversation will flow so much better if you allow everyone texting have a say on the subject.
Don’t start a conversation at night
Trying to get to sleep when your phone keeps buzzing is one of the worst things that can happen to anybody. Don’t start a group text conversation at night when everyone probably has somewhere to be in the morning.
A good time to start a group text is the late afternoon or in the evening when people are getting home from work and will be free to engage in a conversation.
Don’t only talk to one person
avoid as much as you can allowing a group conversation turn into just two people. You don’t need an audience for your one-on-one conversation. If you have something separate to discuss, take it to a private chat and spare everyone else in the group.
Text people who know each other
Getting a group text with numbers you don’t have is always awkward. A lot of the time, you’d have to ask who you’re speaking with and it can be a little weird.
If you have something you want to send to several people who have nothing in common, take the time to text them individually. Or at least introduce them over text. It is however acceptable to do this when you’re planning an event that all of the people will be attending.