Research examining the impact of social media on our mental health is still in its infancy, and the results are not yet clear, according to clinical psychologist and NUIG lecturer Malie Coyne. But social media can play a significant role in how we compare ourselves to others, which can exacerbate existing conditions such as anxiety and depression, she adds. Those with low self-esteem to begin with are particularly affected.
An easy way to cut down on our social media use, and our anxiety around it, is to remove ourselves from certain group chats, and limit or block our interaction with particular people. But doing so requires a certain etiquette to avoid causing offence, or coming across as plain rude.
From family banter to organising a hen, there’s a WhatsApp group for everything nowadays, and the constant notifications can be overwhelming. How can you exit a group you’ve been added to without causing offence?
“If you are leaving a group because the event has passed, send a last message to say “that was great, thank you everyone, I’m leaving the group now”. What is wrong with common courtesy?” says Brosnan.
Hanson says he would never add someone to a group without asking them first. “They are like digital quicksand: once you’re in, it can be hard to get out. If you do want to get out of a group then I think being honest is the only option. The fear is not knowing then what is said after you leave.” He’s also a great fan of the mute function on WhatsApp, which allows you to silence notifications on a particular chat.
- Exit in between of continuous chats while talking. No one would notice
- Exit in early morning. Everyone is too busy to re-add in morning
If someone still adds you,
- Tell them it costs you too much data. So left all the groups
- Tell them like “Add me after 27th of this month”. No one remembers that :P
- Tell them that you are taking break from Whatsapp for 2 months for peace or busy schedule
- Tell them that your mother/wife scolded you for being online whole day. So left all the groups. Nothing works in front of mom/wife ;)
Well, you are just asking for polite ways. I used harsh methods too:
- Blocked all admins
- Asked admin to make me an admin, then I destroyed whole group. LOL :P
Happy texting ;)
Practically there’s no way to exit a group politely. When we exit a group, Admin think we don’t like the group and it can hurt admin feelings. Sometimes we want to exit but we could not make it. At that time, the best we can do is make the group mute with no notifications. It will neither disturb us and no need to leave the group.
If it doesn’t work, then talk to admin and tell him to remove from the group. Talk to him in a very polite way and make him understand you.
Ask him if he can remove or exit by self. In this way, admin won’t feel bad even if you exit group. But better is ask him to remove. It will not show other group members that you deliberately exit the group.
Other way is remove whatsapp and make a new account with a new number but remember Doing so will exit you from all the groups automatically.
Also don’t change mobile number in that account. Doing so will update your new number in all the groups.
I never liked people who left a group without leaving a message. It’s like getting up from a table full of people without so much as an ‘excuse me’. Keyword on Whatsapp groups: “With your permission”, “If you’d be kind enough to allow me” phrases.