I’ve decided to do a series of posts on reverse culture shock, since, as you know, I’ve recently moved back to the U.S. after a long stint in Santiago, Chile.
In Chile, almost everyone who has a smart phone uses Whatsapp. In case you’ve never heard of it, it’s an application that allows you to text anyone in the world for free! It’s great. When I told my family in the U.S. about it, they were kind of like, “What’s the point?” (well, besides being able to text me while I was in Chile). I forgot that in the U.S. most everyone has unlimited texting packages. In Chile, every text costs something like 20 cents, unless you have a “bolsa” of texts (basically like a given number of free texts per month, usually around 50). Therefore, Chileans don’t text, they Whatsapp.
When I got back to the U.S., I joined my sister’s cell phone plan. I didn’t know that she had unlimited texting for all of her lines, so I was kind of afraid to text at first. “Whatsapp me, don’t text!” I’d tell everyone. Then I realized that I had unlimited texting. No more Whatsapping, except for with my friends overseas. I mean, with unlimited texting, it’s not necessary. I suppose people in the US could save a few bucks a month if they entirely switched to whatsapp, but I don’t see that happening any time soon.
I used to make fun of my brother for the number of texts he sent per month. But now I understand. I have joined the world of texting.
Check out my previous posts on reverse culture shock: