Nowadays everyone is willing to communicate with their loved ones through the instant messaging applications like WeChat using the mobile internet. Even though there are several numbers of instant messaging apps available for your Android, Windows and iOS devices.  WeChat is the most popular and widely used choice of application by several number of people around the world. It is basically the Chinese based cross platform instant messaging service which is actually developed by the Tencent in China. This particular app is basically available on all types of mobile platforms like Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone, Apple iPhone, web based OS X and Symbian platforms. WeChat has come along as a major social media like Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter etc.

Basic features of WeChat app:

When the mobile phone users are installing the WeChat application then you will get a variety of basic features including:

  • Text messaging
  • Broadcast messaging to send messages in one-to-many format
  • Hold to talk voice messaging
  • Video conferencing
  • Sharing of photos and videos
  • Video games
  • Location sharing

With the help of this excellent application, users are able to exchange their contacts with the persons nearby through Bluetooth connectivity. At the same time, it gives some other excellent features to contact your loved ones in the random manner according to your needs. One amazing feature which you never ever find in any other instant messaging app is that bill payment option. The Chinese WeChat users can give their bank account details in this application to use it to purchase any items, hire any services, pay bills, pay in the stores and you can transfer your money to any other users. If the departmental stores, clothing stores or other stores have the WeChat payment option, so you can use it to pay the bills in such shops. It is much like the PayTm of India.

 

New advanced features in WeChat:

The latest version of the WeChat application is now provides you the greatest support of free voice and video calling options straight from the desktop platforms. The users can communicate with your dear ones through the video call either from mobile-to-mobile or PC-to-mobile. With the fast internet connection, you can surely get the excellent feel of making a video call to talk with your lovable persons face to face. The following are the most considerable features of the new version of wechat app including:

  • The users can able to place voice & video calls for totally free of cost with your dear ones.
  • You can view the improved screenshot feature in this new version.
  • One can able to convert your audio messages into the text messages for easy reading of the receivers but that is limited Chinese language.
  • There is a feature to forward and you can save the favorite chat scripts.
  • The WeChat users can surely enjoy the optimized larger fonts in this new version of application.
  • You can scroll over the animated stickers to preview before sending.
  • You can easily adjust a height of your WeChat input chat field to fit with even the longer messages.
  • There are also several optimized larger fonts to make your better conversation.

Wechat unlike other social media isn’t that much popular in the west like Whatsapp. WeChat has successfully thrown away it’s Chinese competitors like KiK and Line but in the west many still don’t know if any such app exists. The main reason could be due to the Chinese Government’s law for the app as the app is controlled by the state.

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“Wow! You look great on your new Profile Picture!”

“Let’s find out how much likes have we got in our group picture!”

“Can you ping me on WhatsApp? I can’t talk over the phone right now!”

“I just posted my workout video on Instagram; check it out”

These are some of the most common statements we use in our daily lives. And yes! We are becoming way too attached with the virtual world which probably not the best thing we have done to ourselves; right?

It won’t be news for you when I say you are reading this post on some social media or you have just switched from one app to another checking your inbox or notifications. Well, it is an everyday story for almost everyone now. Whether it’s you, your best friend, your colleague, siblings or even your parents, social media has become one of the most integral parts of our lives.

I know there are a lot of things social media has done it right for you. Look at how you are able to get in touch with your long lost high school friend; or look at how you can easily know what your friends have been doing or at times, you also let others know about your whereabouts. It indeed has a lot of things to cherish. But, the growing interest in social media is turning out to be more like a pit where Lucifer is living since millennia.

So is social media is the new Devil?

Well, there have been a lot of cases of identity theft, relationship issues or cyber bullying. Above all, the addiction of social media is no less than a drug. Once, my mother actually called me a “Facebook Junkie”. This addiction is for real and I bet you might have experienced it too at least once in your life.

What don’t we have these days? Do you want to date someone? You got your dating app; you want to play; hey that’s a new game for you. You want to read the news, no issues; just log into any of the news apps or your social media account; everything you want is in your hands.

Although it might look like quite a great idea, but honestly, it isn’t. It is making us lazy; needy and cranky. Kids nowadays don’t like to go outside and play, rather, they like to play games online or teens are being victims of cyber bullying. Social media, in a way, is being a huge reason behind a lot of issues in today’s world.

But probably no technology is as guilty of the dark side of distraction as the internet social platforms. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, Blab … wherever it is that you like to hang out instead of thinking about something thorny.

Honestly, we are becoming dumber and dumber with the more and more times we are spending online – maybe by fat-shaming a woman we have just seen a pic in her shorts, maybe laughing at a man’s haircut because it looks weird; or may be trolling people with their particular religious beliefs. We are becoming a bunch of bullies, and we don’t even know that.

Social media is creating dilemma, insecurities and making us envious; we are no more confident about ourselves because we are afraid whether or not the virtual world will accept us. We are more afraid of the fact that we might not get appreciated in the virtual world rather than being appreciated in the real world. These things are gobbling a depressing amount of our times!

What Shall We Do?

Let’s just say, what should we NOT do?

Honestly, I have started my work in the writing section with the help of a “social media” friend of mine. I was looking for opportunities and he helped me with that. So you see? How can social media help you grow?

It isn’t social media who is wasting our time; instead, we are abusing the liberty of its use.

The digital community seems to be a real community; only and only if you know how to get the best out of it.

Use of social media is important; all you need is just a bit of control. Don’t let yourself to be drowning in “Lucifer’s hell”. (Although, I really don’t like to call it with the name)!

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