Reverse Culture Shock: Texting vs. Whatsapp

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: 

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3 thoughts on “Reverse Culture Shock: Texting vs. Whatsapp

  1. Pingback: Reverse Culture Shock: Security « Abby's Line

  2. Before I moved here I was a texting addict with my Blackberry. Seriously, I was not one for phone calls – I was all about the texting with unlimited texts. Now I have a decrepit old phone that came out around ten years ago and it doesn’t have one of those autodetect on the words so you have to manually put in each letter bit by bit so texting drives me nuts now. Haha.

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