They can be very practical and extremely annoying: group chats in messaging apps such as WhatsApp
and Facebook Messenger have seen a big bump in popularity over the past few years and most people are using them at least occasionally.
According to a recent YouGov poll
, 63 percent of adults in the U.S. use the group chat function of messaging apps, many of them on a daily basis. As our chart illustrates, Millennials are particularly fond of messaging several people at once, with 44 percent of 18-34 year-olds claiming to take part in group chats every day.
Whether it’s staying in touch with friends or family, organizing a football game in the park or coordinating with coworkers, it appears as if the majority of Americans values the perks of group chatting over its flaws. And if a group discussion goes overboard every now and again, there’s always the mute button.