Unless you have been living under a rock for the last two years or are of the rare populace who has managed to resolutely stay away from the charms of smartphones, chances are you use WhatsApp. If not, I envy you. When it was launched, I was excited to have this cool IM app that could be used to send texts and pictures over Wifi. The audio messages and audio calls that came later were pretty cool too. Oh and the emojis were fun…! Over time, the WhatsApp Utility was replaced by The WhatsApp Nuisance!
I joined numerous groups over the last two years. School group, ex-company group, college group, ex-team group, My daughter’s school group, a family group, my condo’s ladies group, a mommy support group and a few blogger’s groups. The sheer amount of activity on all these combined has begun to give me a splitting headache. I have now realised that I can not be active on all these groups. Just not possible. I have a few favourites (you know who you are!) and am reasonably active there. In the rest, I know there have been occasional complaints of inactivity but honestly, I can’t keep up. So I have quit trying. Sometimes, one joins groups hoping to connect with people and that falls flat on your face if you are not on the same wavelength as the rest of them. Such groups only add to your battery and data pack consumption. I keep thinking about leaving them but am too polite to leave them I suppose 😛
The other thing was the blue ticks. So it was a good feature working like an email read receipt. You know your message has been read. Great. The nuisance begins when people expect instantaneous replies. “You read my messages and did not respond for 3 hours!!” or “My messages were delivered why did you not read them?” Hello people, we have things to do. We don’t sit around staring at WhatsApp screens the whole day ready to send a response as soon as that annoying ping comes about. I have found it nearly impossible to convince people and hence have made myself scarce on WhatsApp. I use it for personal messages and a very few group interactions. Do you use WhatsApp? Do you find it a Nuisance too sometimes?