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(DAY 233) The Challenge of Group Planning

· 3 min read
Gaurav Parashar

In the age of smartphones and social media, connecting with friends should have been easier than ever before. However, a peculiar phenomenon has emerged in recent years - cancel culture amongst friends. It has become worse since Covid19. This doesn't involve canceling someone out of your life; rather, it's about the increasing difficulty of making plans with groups of friends. Cancel culture is affecting the way we make plans with friends, whether it's a simple gathering or a grand adventure.

The Cancel Culture Challenge

Picture this: you want to plan a simple dinner with more than five of your closest friends. What should be a straightforward task turns into a logistical nightmare. Everyone has different schedules, preferences, and commitments. You're faced with the daunting task of coordinating a date and time that works for everyone, which often requires numerous iterations and discussions.

This is where cancel culture amongst friends comes into play. It's not about canceling plans or friendships; it's about the evolving dynamics of socializing. The ease of communication through messaging apps and social media makes it easier to connect with friends, but it also makes it easier for everyone to express their own scheduling conflicts and personal preferences.

The Scheduling Conundrum

When planning a gathering, it's essential to consider everyone's availability and preferences. The cancel culture challenge manifests in several ways:

  • Scheduling Issues: Finding a suitable date and time becomes a real puzzle. With busy work schedules, family commitments, and personal preferences, reaching a consensus can be daunting.

  • Communication Overload: Constant discussions, debates, and change of plans can lead to a never-ending stream of messages in your group chat.

  • FOMO (Fear of Missing Out): As individuals weigh their priorities, they may frequently opt out of plans to accommodate personal preferences or other commitments, causing a feeling of FOMO among the group.

Trips Beyond the Hometown

The challenge of cancel culture is not limited to local gatherings. It also affects planning for trips outside the city or even abroad. Coordinating flights, accommodation, activities, and everyone's preferences can feel like herding cats.

Overall, cancel culture amongst friends is a challenge that has evolved with the digital age. While it can be frustrating at times, it's a testament to the diverse lives and interests of your friend group. Embrace the challenge, plan effectively, and enjoy the moments you can share with your friends, regardless of the hurdles.