Group chats are a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it's nice to be able to catch all the people in your life up on your tea all at once, instead of having to repeat yourself. However, on the other hand, the group chat can also be a vapid wasteland of some of the meanest things ever said to you—from the people you love the most.
It's a hot mess of texts that should never see the light of day.
You And All Your Friends Are Expected To Check It Often
It's like being in a committed relationship with your phone. Your friends will always know when you've seen their message that you didn't answer because they'll be lurking all your social media.
But There Are Times When You Can't Leave The Chat Alone
Once you mix alcohol into your texting system, you are texting anyone and everyone about how much you love them or how they're a snake, but either way, you let it all out.
Things Can Get A Little Catty
Once in a while, a feud will erupt between two members fo the group chat, and everyone else just kind of has to deal with the fallout. It's usually best not to take sides.
You Rely On It For All Your Advice
Annoying as they can be sometimes, you still need them to do absolutely anything, especially dating. You have to give them a play-by-play so they can dissect all your date's actions for you.
Group Chats Are Exhausting, Though
Even when they're full of people you love who do your dirty work for you, it can be a lot of work sometimes to keep tabs on all those people.
Good Luck Finding The Perfect Group Chat Name
As soon as you were allowed to start naming your group chat, a whole new level of creativity was born. Finding the perfect group chat name is a struggle, but it's worth it in the end.
There's Always One Person Who Needs It To Be About Them
They'll go on and on about their life and their problems, and when given the chance, they'll change the conversation to be about them if they aren't already the center of attention at that time.
Are You All Codependent? Maybe
This weird thing happens where you need them to be OK with everything you do. You all joke about texting the group chats on your wedding day—but let's be real: you will.
Heaven Forbid There's A Secret Group Chat
Remember how earlier we talked about there being snakes in the group chat? Well, sometimes those snakes get together and make their own group chat and talk about everyone else.
You Have To Keep Tabs On What You've Got Going On
So you can make sure that everyone gets the tea on what's going on in your life when you haven't been in touch for a while. Because even though the group chat is life, sometimes things get busy.
Sometimes, It Feels Like They Don't Listen
There are times when it feels like all of the people in your group chat are busy, and no one has time for you and whatever you have going on.
But They Always Pull Through
You can count on them to be your personal FBI agent so that you don't accidentally like anything that might get you in trouble. Then, they report back so everyone can know the details.
Group Chats Are The Best For A Laugh
You gotta love when you wake up and you see all those notifications and feel important. Then you open them up and you've got lots of beautiful and hilarious memes to look at.
Some People Abuse Their Group Chat Privileges
Or they just don't understand what they're really used for. Using the group chat to make plans for your own birthday is not the point! Let people use their separate group chat without you to do it.
No One Is Meaner To You Than Your Friends In A Group Chat
For some reason, being behind a phone makes everyone think they are a comedian and that they can just lay it on thick and make you feel really bad about yourself.
Everyone Loves A Guest Star
Every once in a while, a guest star will wander into the group chat. Sometimes it' a super cute little pet; other times, maybe it's a screenshot of someone you all love to talk about.
Gotta Love The Silent Star
In each group chat, there is someone who doesn't really participate but always chimes in with a word or two so you know that they're still alive and being supportive.
Again, They're Ruthless
Everyone can laugh at your expense, but it feels like nothing you say is actually funny or is ever received well. This is the weird nature of a group chat because everyone always seems to be laughing. How does that work?
Family Is No Exception
Your aunties can get in there and gang up on you, too. No one is to be underestimated in the family group chat. It's like the new adult's table where everyone talks about the children behind their backs.
In The End, Sometimes You Wonder If You Wouldn't Be Better Off Without It
They're mean, they don't always get back to you, and they demand that you're always there for them—are group chats toxic? They might be. Should we all leave the ones we are in? No! What would we do without them?