We’ve all been there.
Whether it’s a simple slip of the thumb or accidentally hitting the dreaded ‘reply all’ button on your work email, sending a message to the wrong person happens more often than it should. And we can all agree, it’s a living nightmare.
It could be a message that was meant to be for your friend that you mistakenly sent to your boss or even worse… a photo that was meant to be for your partner that you end up sending to your mum. Either way, there is nothing like the mini heart attack you have in the first 2.5 seconds when you realise you screwed up.
Should I just pretend it didn’t happen and wait for them to bring it up? Should I just laugh it off as a joke? Should I say someone stole my phone and they sent the message? Should I block their number, quit my job and leave the country? These are just some of the questions that might first enter your thoughts. But after the initial wave of panic is over, sometimes you can find that a simple messaging blunder can actually work out for the best. Well, sometimes.
10 women shared with Mamamia the biggest messaging mistakes they’ve ever made.
The one who accidentally texted her boyfriend about the ‘hot guy’ at the bar.
“When things were really rocky with my ex, I was in an airport bar and this really hot guy bought me a drink and we talked for a bit. After he went to catch his flight, I texted a friend saying I’d just had a drink with a really hot guy and it made me realise how bad things were with my ex because I never would have done that when things were good between us. Then I sent it to my boyfriend, instead of my friend.
“I had to be honest about it because there was no ambiguity in the message. But I tried to give it a positive spin, saying it had made me realise I wanted to work on things etc. He was pretty hurt – which is fair.
“And then I had to get on a really long flight without it being resolved, which was horrible. We broke up a couple of months later, not because of the message, but that’s just the way things were going.”
The one who texted the birthday boy about his surprise party.
“A friend of ours had asked me to organise a birthday dinner for our friend Luke. It was going to be a surprise for him that all his friends would be there. He wasn’t keen on even acknowledging his birthday. Anyway, I sent my friend a message saying Luke was being a little b**** about his birthday, and we wouldn’t come and the surprise is ruined. But I sent it to the birthday boy. He wasn’t happy… face palm.”
The one who sent her mum a photo… clearly meant for her partner.
“I once sent a very private message including saucy photos to who I thought was my partner… except they went to my mum! Luckily she was sleeping off a night shift so I drove to her house (1.5 hours away!) and deleted them. Then I had to pretend I had popped in for dinner as a surprise. I now refuse to send my wife anything via message.”
If my brain could text me. Post continues after video.