System Overload: How do I avoid getting a slew of unwanted text-messages?

Q: A woman I know often uses group text-messages to send invitations—and I end up getting tons of replies from people I don’t know.  Help!

A: A short text (sent just to her) with a nice request should quash the e-flurry.  You can’t lose with a clear, straight-forward text: “Not sure if you realize it, but when you send out a group invite by text, we all get every reply, and my phone beeps nonstop.  Could you ask folks to respond to you only?  Thanks! :-)” And if you have a smartphone, you can also check your settings and turn off the group-messaging option.  Done!

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