Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Pet Peeve: Group Text Messages With Strangers
I text daily.
Texting is my favorite way to communicate these days.
And due to some volunteering chaos a year ago, I upgraded to the unlimited text message plan. So I can text as much as I want. Such freedom!
At any given time, I have several strings of text conversations playing out. With the understanding that we are all free to read and respond on our own time table.
Sometimes (most of the time), I text one on one. Me texting with one other friend.
And then sometimes (less often), I have a group text going.
But I am VERY picky about my comfort level with group texting. If I initiate the text to a group and I think it's at all possible for people on the message to not have others in their phone, I make sure I introduce all the participants in the first sentence (ie: "Annie, Betsy and Carrie, can we discuss XYZ and a time to meet in person?"). If I am sending a photo or asking a question of two or more people who don't know each other for any reason, I make sure that I DON'T check the box to allow the recipients to reply all. That way, their responses come only to me and not to anyone else on that text. It's not fair to force strangers to text each other.
My absolute pet peeve is receiving a group text message and not knowing the people participating in the conversation.
And further, just because I know them, doesn't mean I have their phone number in my phone. So it's just as annoying as texting with strangers.
As a result, I often reply in very short messages or more often, send a private note back to the sender as a reply just to her instead of a reply all to people who just show up as numbers in my phone.
For as much as I love texting, I absolutely with a passion dislike texting with people I don't know or don't know well enough to have programmed into my phone.
What are your thoughts? Am I being a baby? Or do you think it's super rude to when you go look at your phone and see nine text messages but only one is actually from a person rather than a phone number?
All I can say is at least I pay for the unlimited plan. Because I think I am alone in this pet peeve.