11 Reasons Your Group Chat With The Girls Is The Most Important

11 Reasons Your Group Chat With The Girls Is The Most Important

Every important decision has to be run through at least five sets of ears before any action is taken on it, everyone knows that.

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There are many jokes on the Internet about girls' group chats carrying more secrets than the FBI, and screenshots that could destroy someone's life. But, group chats offer more than people think.

They are electronic support groups us girls rely on on a daily basis for support, fun and just overall love. Here are just some of the reasons why your group chat with your closest girlfriends is the most important group chat you will ever be in.

1. It's the perfect place to vent about anything and everything. 

This is probably the number one reason that girls dive into group chats late at night. There is something so satisfying about angrily typing a book-length paragraph about something that upset you.

Did you and your boyfriend get in a fight? Did you have a bad day at work? If anything bad happens to you, you can vent about to your girls, at any time of the day or night. They will read that entire paragraph and respond accordingly. Of course, what is said in the group chat, stays in the group chat.

2. It's your number one source for breaking news.

Did one of your friends get dumped? Did someone at work get fired? Did someone get too mimosa-drunk at brunch? The group chat is going to be the first place you hear about it, and you'll be updated with all of the events as they happen.

3. It's the place to go if you want a thorough background check on anyone and everyone.

In case you weren't aware, girls in their friend group chat are actually investigative journalists, particularly if one of them meets a new guy. Do you only have his first name and his current town? Not a problem whatsoever. We can find all his social media accounts and his high school track photo in five seconds flat, all with screenshots and works cited to back it up.

4. They help you out when you don't know how to respond to a text.

Admit it, we've all screenshotted a conversation and sent to the group to ask, "What do I even say to this?" Within seconds, your girls will read the conversation screenshot and reply with what you should respond. This is especially helpful when texting someone new and you don't want to come across as crazy.

5. It's the best place to make plans. 

Instead of texting everyone individually, you can simply shoot your shot in the group chat and invite everyone with just one message! You can simply send, "happy hour at the usual place at 6?" Within minutes, everyone should respond yes or no. While making plans in the group chat can sometimes be complicated, especially with everyone's differing schedules, I truly believe it's the most efficient way to do it.

You can also stay on top of your plans in the group chat by texting things like, "what are you wearing?" and "I'm on my way." A common phrase in the group chat is also, "where are you?"

6. It serves as a jury on what to wear, or what clothes to buy.

If you don't send mirror selfies of the cute bikini you are thinking about buying to your girls, then what's the point? Their "yay" or "nay" may be the deciding factor on whether or not you actually buy that shirt that you're thinking of impulse-buying for the third time that week. This also applies if you are getting ready to go out and trying to decide from the clothes you already own.

7. It's the place to help choose which Instagram photo to post, and with what caption.

Let's be honest, ladies. How many times have we sent two or three of virtually the same photo of ourselves and asked, "which one?" and then spent 30 minutes editing it and drafting a caption. Then, once it is posted, your girls will be the first ones to hop on Instagram, like the photo and comment some heart eye emojis.

8. You can go there for a cheerleading squad's worth of support.

Whenever you are feeling down or stressed about something, all you have to do is mention it in the group chat and be faced with a tsunami of overwhelming support about how amazing you are and how you can totally do anything you put your mind to. Are you walking into your chemistry final? Expect a bunch of messages saying "good luck" and "you'll do great!"

9. It's the place to send (and receive) funny memes from all over the Internet. 

Sometimes you see a meme or a Tweet that your girls just have to see. I love getting a notification from my group chat and seeing that it is a screenshot of a funny post on Facebook or Twitter, especially if it is relevant to some inside joke that we have together.

Group memes are the best memes, everyone knows that.

10. If you work together, it's the place to discuss all things work. 

Without actually doing it at work. Nothing is off-limits in the group chat. Workplace gossip, shift-swaps and complaining about how stressed you are about that one thing that you have to do by next week is the number one conversation starter.

11. It's the best way to keep in touch with your girlfriends. 

Daily snaps and updates from your friends is a great way to keep in touch, especially if you don't see each other all the time. What would we do without them?

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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What It's Actually Like Moving States

How a central Iowa born and raised native ended up in Southern Missouri.

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Not a lot of people think moving states is a hard thing to do. If it's two hours away or, like me, seven hours away from your hometown, a move is a move and it can affect people in different ways.

Personally, my family was separated for a year, my mom and I still living in our hometown so I could finish high school, and my dad in Missouri working at his new job.

Then, in June my mom and I made the move so our family could be together once again. For us, we still had our home in Iowa, so my parents and I lived in an apartment until we could sell our home in Iowa and find what we wanted in Missouri.

The hardest things to get used too is the lifestyle of people in southern Missouri. People are a lot different down here than they were in Iowa. It was a big deal for us to move down here and adapt to a different lifestyle.

Something minor that was very hard to get used to was the usage of pop and soda. Most people don't even know what a "pop," is. In Iowa, a Pepsi or Coke is known as pop but down here it is called a soda.

That is just one example that was super hard to get used to. Something that is a little more of a big deal is the size of the city. In Iowa, I could get a coffee in about a five-minute drive. In Missouri, it takes a good fifteen minutes to drive there and who knows what the line will be like at the coffee shop. Those are minor things that my family struggled with adapting to.

Easily, the hardest thing was leaving friends and family. I came to Branson in the middle summer. This limited my job opportunities to none and made making new friends next to impossible.

This made my summer really hard and honestly boring. I knew this was best for my family, but I missed my friends and I wanted to be back in Iowa where all my friends were and my job used to be.

There were also a lot of perks from moving away from Iowa. First off, I completely went off the grid of my town and wanted to start completely new. I made new social media accounts and got a new phone number.

This made the transition easy because I was able to be who I wanted to be and keep in touch with the people I wanted to keep in touch with. This is something that a lot of people thought was pointless, but was such an important step for a fresh start.

Coming to Missouri, I know that sky is the limit and I have so many more opportunities of what I want to do. Overall, I would suggest moving states and starting knew. It feels good to finally be in a place that makes you truly happy as well as your family. Iowa is a fun place to visit sometimes and I'll always miss the sunsets but Missouri is my new home.

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