The Future. Group chats are changing the conversation in the age of social media, giving people connection in a way that’s inherently more authentic, private, and casual. But as group texts become the go-to places for… well… social media, app developers might build messaging platforms filled with too many bells and whistles in an effort to give access to advertisers.
Circle of trust
The unique nature of conversation in a group chat is redefining what it means to be constantly online, argues Sophie Haigney for NYT.
- Group chats are like having multiple specific and curated conversations that serve different purposes — like gossip, check-ins, or just sending memes.
- Their privacy means who’s not included is just as important as who is, creating spaces where speech is allowed to be unfiltered and unpolished.
- They’re also streams that can go on without your input, making them a casual place to dip in and out of whenever it works for your schedule.
- Talking in them has their own shorthand based on group dynamics, with GIFs, emojis, and reactions being perfectly acceptable.
Put together, group chats are microcosms for all the little communities that we make for ourselves — consistent but multi-faceted extensions of ourselves and our interests. Just without the pressure of performing on social media.
The hardest part is just figuring out what to name the group chat.