A Wall Street Journal report pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi also plays a major role in creating the increasing jam in World Wide Web.
With Indians over-obsessed over sending wishes like ‘Good Morning’ messages through different social networking platforms, the popular trend has become a serious problem not just for smartphone users in the country but for others from across the world too. According to a media report, the over-sharing of such messages – along with sun-dappled flowers, adorable toddlers, birds and other graphics – has lead to one in three smartphone users in India run out of space on their phones daily.
According to a report published in the Wall Street Journal, India’s new found love for WhatsApp and sending “good morning” forwards using it is “filling up the internet” like never before. The report further goes on to add that India’s obsession is “driving a 10-fold increase in the number of Google searches for good morning images over the past five years.”
In an in-depth analysis to the problem, researchers of tech giant Google indentified that older generations, trying to keep up pace with the new media, are getting online for the first time — and they are filling up the internet. Many like nothing better than to begin the day by sending greetings from their phones. Starting before sunrise and reaching a crescendo before 8 a.m., internet newbies post millions of good-morning images to friends, family and strangers.
The Wall Street Journal report also pointed out that, not just the ordinary old folk, but the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi also plays a major role in creating the increasing jam in World Wide Web.
“Perhaps India’s most famous morning-message enthusiast is Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He gets up at 5 a.m. to practice yoga and is known to fire off good-morning messages as the sun is rising. Last year, he admonished a group of lawmakers for not responding to his greetings,” mentioned the report.
However, in its attempt at taking a dig at the WhatsApp usage habits of Indians, the Wall Street Journal story completely ignores the larger issue – the problem of running resource heavy applications on low-end phones. The problem here is that most phones in the ultra-affordable segment of the market do not come with decent enough specs to run most of the applications available on the app store.
Thankfully, Google is already working towards a fix for that. The tech giant has already put in place plans to bring an OS –Android Go – tailored for use on ultra-affordable phones.
To further tackle the problem, WhatsApp – Facebook’s popular messaging service with over 200 million monthly active users in India – introduced a status message last year, to help users send ‘good morning’ or similar wishes to all their contacts at once.