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How to Avoid the Dreaded Chain Text

Updated on October 22, 2011
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If you've never received a "chain-text" before, consider yourself lucky! A chain text is a text message that prompts you to forward its contents to a certain amount of people. Sometimes there's a promise of good luck, while other times there's a punishment for not complying. Essentially, chain texts are completely worthless and annoying. Sure, most of them come with well-wishes and pretty pictures. But who the hell wants to waste their time bouncing the same lame text back and forth for hours? Not Me! That's why I created this hub!


Here's how to dodge the chain text bullet...

Let It Be Known

Usually, the person who sends you a chain text does so because you are important enough to have popped into their heads when they read the message. Considering the good intentions behind such forwarded messages, you want to be very diplomatic about your approach.

Sometimes it's easier to just delete them and say nothing at all. However, this doesn't always stop you from getting an inbox full of crap. If you want to stop the chain texts for good, you have to be proactive. Try writing a witty chain text reply and save it to your phone. Also, make sure it contains an eye-catching picture so that it is guaranteed to be a hit. Then, all you need is a bite! As soon as you receive your next chain text, send yours off as the reply ;) Here's the one I created to send to my friends (if you like it, feel free to use it!)

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Fwd: Fwd: Fwd...lol!

This is the friendship rainbow- a symbol of love & joy. Just wanted to say that I think you're the coolest, most awesome UBERest person ever & I love you very much! So, please don't take offense if I don't return or forward chain texts. I sincerely appreciate the thought, time, & effort it takes to send them, but I'd really rather tell you that you're fabulous in person than flood your inbox with eJunk.

Feel free to pass this rainbow along to remind your loved ones that you won't get dumped, have bad luck, lose your job, go broke, suffer severe acne, or die a miserable, lonely death for boycotting chain texts. Best wishes & biggest hugs!

P.S.-----> F_ _ K texting, write poetry!! XD

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Hey there, ytsenoh! I agree about the zombie-like effect technology has on society...let's just hope the "chain" doesn't find its way into any more mediums! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      As of last week, I know what this is now and know it better after reading your hub, so thank you. So what did people do before texting? Did they pace? It reminds me of anything habitual like sitting in front of prime time not so funny shows every night--what if the TV died? What did they do? And e-mails...that's another subject. Thanks for the great idea.

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Hey Green Lotus! Thanks for reading and commenting ;) Forward the "Friendship Rainbow" to all those chain text addicts!!

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      Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      What a great idea! I love it. Thanks for your permission to use it too. Cheers.

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for your generous comment, April! Glad you enjoyed this one ;)

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      April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona

      TattooKitty, I have loved everything of yours that I have read. Keep up the good work!

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Howdy Giselle Maine! Thanks for reading & glad you've never had to deal with the dreaded chain text! I've sent this reply out to several friends and have gotten some pretty positive responses...most of them are happy to be able to send it on! Needless to say, I haven't received a chain text in a long time!

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      Giselle Maine 5 years ago

      Hi TattooKitty, what a neat idea and diplomatic too. Although I haven't had any chain texts, I can see how your approach would work out really well without offending the sender. And hopefully it also helps keep your inbox freer for the future!

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the comments, folks!

      Hi Dexter! You're VERY lucky! I hope you never get a chain text- yet glad I could give you some ammo in case you do ;)

      Hey Lady_E! I know what you mean about those chain texts that make you feel guilty- esp. the ones that say, "If you really love me, you'd send this back"...I want to say, "If you really loved me, you wouldn't send me this crap"- LOL!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Interesting read... some just make you feel emotionally blackmailed. lol.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      TattooKitty! I haven't received one but now I know what to do if I should. Great hub!

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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Hi SubRon7! Thanks for your awesome comment and across the board votes!! I truly appreciate them ;) The cute video is actually one I found on Youtube- those sweet (and funny) little sisters really do a great job of explaining why chain messages are so idiotic!

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      James W. Nelson 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Wow, you two sweeties kick butt! You're both pretty cute too, and funny. Thanks for a good laugh this morning. I clicked "up" all across the board. I almost "never" do that! I have gotten those chain letters but I never send them on. OMG! And I'm still here.