WhatsApp: Why Americans Don’t Use It | The Deets

by birtanpublished on April 9, 2021

Whatsapp is the single most popular messaging app in the world an estimated 1.5 billion people per month use it worldwide 400 million a month in India alone in the US however if you stop someone on the street and ask them if they use whatsapp you get a lot of puzzled faces why is one of the world's most popular apps practically unknown in this country here's a breakdown of whatsapp and why Americans don't use it you're watching the deets a show where we demystify the technologies that are shaping the future I'm your host Riley Winn so what is whatsapp it's a messaging app that

Launched in 2009 and grew so quickly that Facebook bought it in 2014 for a whopping 19 billion dollars this is still Facebook's largest acquisition today and one of the largest tech acquisitions in history as a comparison Facebook only spent a billion dollars to buy Instagram Facebook obviously thinks of whatsapp is important but just 20% of Americans use it regularly that's way way less than other countries the reason texting in the u.s. is pretty easy and it wasn't so easy in other countries like India before whatsapp came along most Indians had to pay a lot

Of money to text their friends and family during busy times like the holidays it was even more expensive to text then came whatsapp just around the same time as 3G was coming to India in just a few years after iPhones were starting to penetrate the Indian market it was the perfect storm for whatsapp to dominate and the same thing happened in tons of other countries around the world in the u.s. texting is cheap and works really well back in the day Americans didn't even text at least aim to talk to their friends Miami username was our whistle for shizzle and I always had a

Fire away message texting took off so late for the u.s. because phone calls worked so well an internet was so cheap so everyone could chat with their highschool crush on a in India they basically leapfrog desktop computing and went directly into mobile the other big reason why Americans don't use what's up we don't travel at least not as much as people from other countries according to Forbes only 42% of Americans even have a a sport that's way less than other developed countries like Canada and the UK in the US the base group that actually uses whatsapp is the Latin X

Community and they're often talking to people in other countries most Americans don't do that their friends and families all live here a majority of the US population hasn't seen the need for another messaging app like whatsapp when it comes to messaging America moves to the beat of its own drum what might be right for India Europe and the Middle East may not be right for us it takes different strokes of the keyboard to move the world do you have whatsapp what do you use it for let us know in the comments below until next time i'm riley Wynn with

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