Technology such as smartphones was supposed to make it easier for people to make plans but it turns out it made it easier to lie to others because they don’t require any real interaction. You don’t have to avert your gaze or worry about stammering as your story slowly begins to sound less and less plausible.

Instead, you can write out a flimsy excuse for not making it or even pretend like you never saw the message in the first place.

This video from Alex Cornell outlines just how complex this tangled web of deceit has become by analyzing the nuances of Weekend Group Texts, which have become the primary means of communication when it comes to making plans with other people.