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Why you should stop making (and inviting friends to) pointless WhatsApp groups

Groups are popping up for everything from hen dos to simple dinners – and we’re thrown into notification chaos

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Who among us doesn’t live in fear of our WhatsApp group content being made public? (Getty Images)

Who among us doesn’t live in fear of our WhatsApp group content being made public? (Getty Images)

Who among us doesn’t live in fear of our WhatsApp group content being made public? (Getty Images)

Squinting at my phone screen, I wondered if I was losing my mind – as well as my vision. I could have sworn Rosie’s 30th birthday party was taking place at the end of the month. So why were multiple strangers jabbering about plans for tonight? I was in fact, in two separate WhatsApp groups – both for Rosie’s 30th.

Two different Rosies, two birthday parties. Two tangled drainclogs of notifications obscuring the details, from people I don’t know and likely won’t speak to again. But thanks to the artificial immortality of a WhatsApp group, we’ll be locked together forever. A digital escape room where we scramble for a polite way out. I archive them both, to silence the notifications. I’m still not sure where either party is.


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