Sarah is typing… The fun and games of WhatsApp

Whatspp. Love it or loathe it, who could have predicted how much it would take off when we first installed it. With over 1.2 billion users globally, even my Dad is now in on the WhatsApp bants. #YouKnowItsTakenOffIfTheOldsAreInOnIt

How did we live without it?

I mean, are you even going out if there hasn’t been a whatsapp group set up to arrange it’s every detail? From kids birthdays, breakfast dates, girls nights in, nights out out, football clubs, school Mums, scouts Mums, family groups….if there’s a social circle, there is a WhatsApp group to facilitate sharing of random nonsense, online memes and family photo spam.

Christening the group

Naming a group is a baptism of fire. Bonus points for the group names incorporating a comedy spin on the surname, team name, class name or a ‘private joke’ amongst you all. Lose a point if you have named your group ‘Family’ ‘Class Mums’ ‘Footy Mums’ ‘The lads’ ‘The girls’ etc Must try harder!

We belong together

Thanks to Whatsapp, you are never really far from your loved ones. It’s like we’re going through our days together; for better or for worse. Like social media under a cloak of privacy, you can joke with your girls, send pics of the kids to the grandparents, and see what your mates got up to at the soft play. You can see when your crew were last online, and even if they’ve read your messages (and crucially, when).

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Group: MUTED

A function you have probably already become familiar with. Silence the pings of the groups that bore you to tears,  get right on your wick, or are just a little excessive, and dip in and out as you like with blissful freedom. Just never let them know you have muted their group. Social suicide.

The duplicate group

That awkward scenario when you have created a second group, almost identical to the first, but without one or two people…because you were too chicken to boot them out. Chances are they might get suspicious as to where all the chats and bants went? Beware the dangers of sending ALL the photos post event, or a cheeky bitchy comment to the wrong version of the group. Awkward. Come to think of it, sometimes it seems like I’ve only heard half of the conversation. Hmmm.

Served eviction notice

‘You have been removed from the group’. Ouch. The door slammed in your face and you’re no longer privvy to the logistics of the upcoming birthday party you can’t make. Embrace the FOMO MOFO and move on. When one whatsapp group door closes, another one opens.

Silent members

You could almost forget who is on that group, given certain members only pop up with a token happy birthday a once a year. Maybe they have just muted your ass. Who can blame them, they don’t want to see another snap of the kids grinning down your smartphone lens. Most silent whatsappers I know seem to be the male members of the population. Unless of course the conversation relates somehow to a sporting event.

Hard to say goodbye

So you are lingering on to a noisy group of chatter about something you really couldn’t give two hoots about. Is it okay to just wave goodbye and leave the group? Is it rude? Do you need to make your apologies first, explain where and why you are off? It’s just too awkward. I mean, after your ‘Sarah has left the group’ message, is your name going to be M>U>D?  Or worst still, you might miss out on all the good stuff! Maybe it’s safer to just hit that mute button…

Photo spam

As if we weren’t all clogging up our photo streams enough with our own tried and failed flat lays, or 38 angles of the same shot of your kid in front of a graffiti wall, now you get to go through the review and delete process for everyone else’s pictures too. Argh! #Yourdinnerphotosareinmyalbums

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Argh the two blue ticks of death. I know you’ve read my message but no response? No comments about the amazing picture I just sent you? No reply to my crazy joke. It fell flat in the group and it’s only to be overtaken by the next convo. Oh my poor dented pride…

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On the plus side

There are of course so many reasons we all love a bit of Whatsapp. It’s social element, it’s ability to share videos and images so freely, and of course for FREE! It unites social groups regardless of their geographical location and brings smiles and laughter to many a dull moment.

There’s no doubt about it, WhatsApp isn’t going anywhere, like me, in all those dozens of groups clogging up my inbox, which I really should leave, as everyone else seems to have found the time to do. Still, it’s kinda fun to scroll back through and laugh at the groups of WhatsApp past. Perhaps I should make a start deleting some of the groups ‘Mums night out 2012’ and the likes…

Sarah has left the group.


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21 thoughts on “Sarah is typing… The fun and games of WhatsApp

  1. Jacqui Reply

    Haha. Love this. I have Whatsapp OCD. I love having a clean screen, so I am forever deleting messages and groups and later regretting it because I need some kind of information from them,

  2. The Squirmy Popple Reply

    Ahh the photo spam! It drives me mad. I get messages that I’m running out of space and it’s always because of my friend’s WhatsApp pictures! #dreamteam

  3. Annette, 3 Little Buttons Reply

    Oh my gosh. Am I the only person not on this Whatsapp thing. It sounds great and yet, possibly a disaster in my hands. At least there isn’t a function which shows who’s silenced the convo! lol. Thanks for joining us for the #DreamTeam x

  4. pamsbakeandbabyblog Reply

    Loved this i am addicted to whatsapp! #coolmumclub

  5. beautybabyandme Reply

    Ha ha I love Whats App – I use it way more than texting! But I am a serial “muter” of group texts. I am my own worst enemy though because I then miss out on events organised and have no idea what is going on ha ha xx #coolmumclub

  6. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Oh my goodness the duplicate group!!!! So do we all do that? Busted! Next up – a #coolmumclub whatsapp group lol!? xoxo

  7. mamagrace Reply

    I didn’t know you could mute. #coolmumclub

  8. absolutely prabulous Reply

    Sorry to sound like a broken record but your ability to take an aspect of everyday life and write a super entertaining post never fails to amaze me. How do you do it?!! Well apart from 2 family whatsapp ones neither of which have entertaining names (I didn’t even know that was a thing) I have no other groups. So I’m officially missing out! This made me chuckle no end as I related to loads of it. #coolmumclub

  9. barriebismark Reply

    I have never heard of this! I could relate to a lot of it. Thanks for sharing! #coolmumclub

  10. mummyhereandthere Reply

    My son loves taking randomly to his other six year old friend X #coolmumclub

  11. Rhyming with Wine Reply

    What is this ‘mute’ button of which you speak? I need to find that little fella I do! Not that I would ever mute any conversations obvs. Just so I know where it is for erm… geography sort of reasons…? I’m such a WhatsApp novice. I only recently worked out what the whole two ticks thing is all about! #itslikeblimminwitchcrafttome #coolmumclubneedsawhatsappgroup #omgthatwouldbeamazing! Thanks for hosting lovely Sarah! xxx

  12. Aleena Brown Reply

    Love WhatsApp… I changed my settings so that pictures don’t auto-save to my phone, though. Just stay there in your little green bubble where you belong please! #coolmumclub

  13. Lucy At Home Reply

    Hahaha this is so funny, and painfully accurate! I use WhatsApp all the time and it defiintely comes with its own rules and social etiquette. I had no idea about the mute button though – must investigate! Haha #dreamteam

  14. New Mummy Blog Reply

    Fab post Mrs!! We have a family one and it’s fab, so easy to share and even my mum ‘gets’ it!! I must say I’m not sure I’m up to speed with fancy names though, all mine are a bit obvious ‘family’ ‘swimming’ ‘xxx’s birthday party’ I’ll have to jazz it up a bit

  15. Sadie Reply

    For our group, it’s FB messenger, but all the same still apply! That reminds me, I’ve got a message to send…

  16. talkingmums1 Reply

    I’m so late to the party with what’s app! I only installed it about 2 months ago. But I’m using it more and more! The tick thing is so funny x

  17. ettieandme Reply

    Ha ha I love this, im generally the lingerer lurking in a group I couldnt care less about #coolmumclub

  18. Alana - Burnished Chaos Reply

    Ha ha, those little blue ticks! Thankfully I don’t have too many groups to keep track of but there’s always that panic when you’re having a conversation in more than one group at a time and you think you may have sent the wrong comment to the wrong group

  19. Mrs Mummy Harris Reply

    I love Whatsapp, especially now i’ve discovered you can send GIFs… my life is complete! #coolmumclub

  20. Mum in Brum Reply

    Ha!! I’ve actually never thought about all of this, but now you mention it…maybe I have been muted a few times?! xx #coolmumclub

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