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Group Text Issues

I am not a fan of group texts.

Although group texts are an ideal medium for communicating quickly with more than one person, the problem with group texts is that after you send or receive the first text, you remain a member of the group.

Issue #1

If anyone in the group replies at any time, everyone in the group will receive it — it’s an automatic “Reply All.” This is a good thing, if all the replies are timely, on point, and meaningful to everyone. Too often, they are not.

Issue #2

If, at a later date, you wish to text someone who once texted you as part of a group, you may inadvertently tap the group — instead of the individual — and send your personal text to the group. Oops.

My advice:

  • If you wish to respond just to the sender of a group text, open a new text and text your reply to that one person.
  • If you no longer wish to receive reply texts from members of the group, remove yourself from the group. (On the iPhone, tap the “i” in the upper right corner of the text screen, and then tap “leave this conversation.”)
  • Don’t send group texts to people you think might not know group text etiquette. Best to just to text them individually.
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