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WhatsApp Now Shows Users When Messages Have Been Read

WhatsApp Now Shows Users When Messages Have Been Read

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WhatsApp users are now going to want to pay more attention to their phones and their friends. For those of you brave enough to use read receipts on your iMessages, this news will not be very shocking for you. For the rest of us who like to stealthily check messages and wait hours to respond, this is going to be a game changer. WhatsApp announced last week that a new feature will allow users to see when their messages have been read. For some time, many people thought that one grey check mark next to your message meant that it was delivered, and that two grey check marks meant that the recipient had read your message. That is not the case. As explained on WhatsApp’s FAQ page, the two grey check marks merely meant that the message was delivered to the recipient:

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The new addition of two blue check marks now shows that the message was sent, delivered to the phone, and read by the recipient. Depending on your messaging habits, this can be a blessing or a curse. In an effort to ease the panic of those who are worried about not seeing the double blue check marks, WhatsApp gives a few explanations as to why your message has been ignored:

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Within hours of the double blue check marks announcement, the internet took the panic-inducing update and turned it into hilarious memes, focusing primarily on the fact that WhatsApp now has the power to ruin self-esteem, relationships, and your cover if you’re trying to ignore someone. For example:

Keep calm and message on, WhatsApp users!