In the beginning there’s a flurry of excitement: a new WhatsApp group! Dinner and drinks? Count me in! Weeks later, and the group in question is no closer to arranging a date, but it has analysed every episode of Love Island in forensic detail. You’d like to put a stop to the onslaught of messages and extricate yourself from the conversation. But what is the etiquette of leaving a WhatsApp group? Here are a few ways to take back control:
1.The Abrupt Exit
The Abrupt Exit is swift and effective. Without so much as a farewell, you simply exit the group, leaving the other members to try and figure out what they might have done wrong. It won’t make you any friends, but it will get you out of ‘Majorca 2019’ in a matter of seconds.
2. The Grovelling Exit
You preface your departure with a big apology, perhaps blaming your burgeoning admin load or an inability to contribute fully to the conversation. Whatever you do, don’t wait around for responses – once you’ve announced your exit, get the hell out of there.
3. The ‘Little White Lie’ Exit
‘Hi guys, I’m about to update my phone, which might mean I’m offline for a bit. Be back soon!’ Technically, it’s a lie, but this way nobody’s feelings get hurt – right? Maybe so, but be prepared to find yourself right back where you started within a couple of hours, having been reinstated by the person who made you join the group in the first place.
4. The Non-exit
You can’t quite bring yourself to leave altogether, so instead you mute the chat to spare yourself the distraction of an ever-illuminating phone screen. The Non-exit is a legitimate compromise, but don’t forget to check in fairly frequently in case you’ve been asked a question – not responding for 48 hours might give the game away…