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WhatsApp’s downtime reveals our huge dependency on messaging apps

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But don’t worry, it’s back up – and you might already know that.

WhatsApp is evidently one of the most used messaging apps in the world. Here in the UAE, literally everyone is on the platform. As a journalist, I also get routine messages on it instead of the usual phone call. In a way we’ve become so reliant on this technology that when a downtime happens, everyone starts questioning their existence (no joke).

That’s exactly what happened last night (UAE time). In the early hours of Thursday, there were several reports of users unable to connect to WhatsApp. While it may not be a such a big deal for some, I have had multiple messages on SMS and Facebook Messenger asking if I can connect. I had to turn off my smartphone since the sheer amount of panic from users dependent on it is disrupting my sleep.

But it does show how users have become so hooked on such services – it can be form of addiction, but surely not everyone will admit to that. What’s wrong with using an alternative app? It’s a smartphone, so calling the person would be better right? The point is one app’s downtime isn’t the end of the world.

Or you know, simply meet and talk to your friends personally – the old-fashioned way.

Victor Philip Ortiz
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