By Akpo Uyeh
It was a painful exit, but I had to move on. Knowing I am still guilty of this, I have decided to make changes. It was when I thought I was getting accustomed to the group that I got the shock: they removed from the WhatsApp group.
I could have heaved a sigh of relief. The Whatsapp groups were becoming so many and monotonous on my device. They were killing my battery with their notifications and occupying my storage space. However, after carefully thinking through, I think I didn’t do well to have at least contributed to that particular WhatsApp group because it kind of aligned with my purpose and the members were of like minds, same interest and age group. I consoled myself that after all, I had other several WhatsApp groups I was part of.
Really though, it could be tasking when there are so many of them. You have to decide which is important to stick with. So have you been in a WhatsApp group where you weren’t participating that the administrator had to remove you?
I came up with a list of people you find in a WhatsApp group, see them below and identify yourself:
1. The Talkatives
They are the ones who run your phone battery with their posts whether relevant or irrelevant. They always have something to say. In a way, they give the group life and keep it active. One would wonder if we don’t hear from them throughout the day.
2. The Clique Members
When a member of The Clique makes a comment, it is hard for an outsider to contribute. An ‘outsider’ who tries to join the conversation would be ignored or made to feel they said something inappropriate.
3. The Silent Ones
They keep mute. The only work they do is to go through other people’s posts and comments. They say nothing, probably because they have nothing to say.
4. The Anonymous Ones
No display picture, no status update—for crying out loud, it is social media; they are supposed to be social but, no, they are not. They are just been secretive, or, some would say, they are displaying a high level of maturity?
5. The Stalkers
They are there to know what members of the group are up and about. Sometimes they go through the display pictures of members of the WhatsApp group just to feed their curiosity and ‘taste buds.’
6. The Smileys
They rarely say anything. Most times they use smileys to convey their thoughts. They are very good with the use of smileys.
7. The Rulebreakers
Most WhatsApp groups have rules and regulations that guide the group, but the rule breakers take no heed. From hate speeches to inciting religious posts, to blackmailing posts, they break rules until the admin remove them from the group.
8. The Private Chatters
It is a group for crying out loud, must they announce that they would private chat another to make others curious? They could have silently messaged whoever they wanted to without letting others know what they are what up to.
9. The Bored Ones
They are only active on the WhatsApp group to ease their boredom. At other times, they are busy with other activities with little or no time for WhatsApp.
10. The Oppressors
The display pictures are always on fleek. It is a show off of their daily life. This is for mostly the fashionistas or those engaged with many activities.
11. The Impatient Ones
Yes, they are impatient. Who gets added to a WhatsApp group and after one or three posts, leaves? It is more annoying when you make a comment, and suddenly someone leaves the group. You would be like: Did I say something wrong?
12. The Lazy Ones
They are lazy to type. I mean, how would one still be using social media shorthand to write? That’s the height of laziness. Good enough, phones have autocorrect to help typing fast, so what’s the laziness about?
13. The ‘Shellers’
They don’t want to be left out. So to show they have a voice and are ‘English professors’ in their own right, they end up ‘shelling’ on the WhatsApp group. Sometimes they are excused because it could have been the fault of their device or autocorrect became autowrong.
14. The Latecomers
They are usually the last to chip in their thoughts so that other members of the group would record that they added their comment. They might just end up starting another chat history.
Who did I leave out? Add yours