Whoever invented group texting, we need to have a conversation.

Cell phones and the ability to text instead of calling people for inane things is one of the greatest advances of the last 100 years. I'm pretty sure it's something like, fire, cars, and then texting.

But, for the love of Steve Jobs, please stop with the group texting. Or at least learn how to do it right.

You know what I mean. One mom invites 15 other moms over for coffee. And then all 15 moms respond. And then the first mom responds to each of them. And then they have to discuss what they're bringing and OMG wasn't that coffee cake delicious last time?

The next thing you know, your phone is blowing up like you just one the lottery, and the group text has devolved into a discussion of the latest season of Dancing with the Stars - and no one is getting any peace and quiet.

A friend recently had this experience, and she was driven so insane, she took the time to cut and paste the rules of group text etiquette. It went over...not well.

Here are the 5 rules of group texting I swore to uphold: 

1. If it's about an event, you don't need to "reply all" - you wouldn't do it with email, why do it with text? And if you would do it with email, I can't help you.

2. Remember who you're texting. If your grandma is on the family group chat, she does NOT even understand your witty memes.

3. When the group chat is over, LET IT DIE. Nothing is worse that someone reviving a three week old chat just to say "hi."

4. Try not to send group chats to people who don't know each other. It's annoying to see random phone numbers conversing.

5. If you're gonna leave the conversation, just say so - politely. You don't need to be snarky.

Do group texts drive you insane? What are your rules?


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