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Why Group Texts Must Die

Recently I re-tweeted this thought from Pete Holmes:

top reasons for divorce. 1984: 1. financial problems. 2. religious differences. 2014: 1. constant inclusion in group texts. 2. no wifi.
— Pete Holmes (@peteholmes) September 14, 2014 because I'm in the middle of a communication crisis.  I do "knowledge work" so it’s considered inappropriate to have a device constantly making little beeps and boops while the person next to me is working on some insane LibXML (you don’t wanna know) bug.  Programming requires extreme concentration and distractions are to be avoided. 

The rub of it is that I’m “on call” if our software product bursts into flames.  Therefore, I must keep my phone in a mode capable of disturbing me so I don’t eat lunch, play ping-pong, or just code right through the disastrous failure of our software. 

This used to be fine back when text messages were either:
Time sensitiveImportantFrom one person In first two cases the beeps my phone made were appropr…