Obsession and WhatsApp: How couples can break because of this app.

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Elena wrote yesterday for the last time, at four-thirty in the morning, and today she has not yet shown signs of life; Tania is now online; Marcelino has got up early, at half past six he was already connected. It is information obtained through a mobile phone and we get it, with just a click on each of the contacts on WhatsApp. An instant messaging application that is changing the world of social relations and also causing many family crisis or tensions between friends.

The advantages of WhatsApp are obvious: “It allows to be connected anytime, anywhere,” says Francesc Núñez, a sociologist at the Open University of Catalunya. “It’s a messaging system that allows to have contact with people from our life” says Fernando Azor, psychologist and tutor at the University Camilo Jose Cela in Madrid. “It’s a great technology and its creators should be congratulated, it facilitates interaction and exchange of information in real time,” said Enrique García Huete, a psychology professor at the Complutense University of Madrid. But like any new technology, WhatsApp needs to be “domesticated” to avoid surprises. And it is that the characteristics of this new channel of communication can also cause stress or anxiety. The main change with respect to SMS messages, emails, phone calls or channels such as Twitter or Facebook, is that the WhastApp betrays the wearer. All the user’s contacts have information instantly, about the last time that someone has connected, whether it is online and can also sense whether the person who sent the message was readen.

Although it is in the relationships where psychologists have began detecting breaks (for connections after hours that can not be explained later) and obsessive behavior prompted by the use of WhatsApp.

“This is a perfect place to enhance relations in the first phase of the relationship, but then can lead to problems if one starts to become obsessed by being in constant contact with his or her partner,” says García Huete. One answer studs, when you know that the other person has received the message it may result in these cases in conflict. And also it connects to a time when the other partner believes that the loved one is doing something else. All these tracks are documented and more than one or a cheating has already been hunted for its activity in the WhatsApp.

The possibility of obtaining such information instantly is the most significant with respect to other channels such as email or telephone exchange.

The sickest phase comes, however, after the break up. “We are attending everyday more and more cases of people who months after breaking up with his or her partner still control what he or she does through WhatsApp, and that creates a lot of anguish and anxiety,” says Azor. And this control “does not take hours, as it continues to look, again and again, to see what is the last thing someone else has done”. This psychologist stresses, moreover, that the implementation of these new communication channels its going to vary future relations of many couples and make them depend on whether or not to share “interest in the use of these ways to interact.”

 

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WhatsApp as the main cause of… a lot of break ups!

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The topics has been talked about, it has generated much controversy, and now, finally, suspicions are confirmed. A recent study of CyberPsychology and Behaviour Journal, argues that 28 million ruptures are already accounted thanks to the phenomenon of text applications such as WhatsApp or Facebook.
The technology that often plays in favor of couples in terms of communication has also its bad side on terms of jealousy or mistrust. It can break a lot of relationships and it, actually, have already done it.

These breaks would be caused by the known as “double check Syndrome.” When you send a message via WhatsApp and this reaches the server, a grey tick appears on the right side. When it arrives to the mobile phone o the person, it appears a second oe. This does not mean that the recipient has read it, as the company said last year. This created an anxiety state.
This factor must be added to the additional information of the App that shows us the “last connection was …” which shows if the user is online or, in other case, the last time that she or he was.
As demonstrated now by CyberPsychology and Behaviour Journal, this issue has generated numerous conflicts between couples, estimating more than 300 million active of users who have the platform in the world.
The study authors explain that applications like WhatsApp are “very favorable” in the first phase of relations, but eventually begin to reveal its negative effects, accompanied by the increase of jealousy and control.

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WhatsApp gets a billion users and it starts to giving information to Facebook.

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We already knew that WhatsApp is one of the most used applications in the word as we also know that their numbers are scandalous. Now, WhatsApp has reached a new milestone reaching 1,000 million monthly active users.

In its earnings, Facebook unveiled a net profit of 1,562 million, virtually one euro per user, and that was just days ago from announcing that they were abandoning the euro charge per year frm WhatsApp.

You may have applications that offer more features or better services, such as Telegram, however Whatsapp has what you need to succeed at instant messaging: your contacts.

Who strikes first strikes twice

A billion of WhatsApp users are a sign that who strikes it strikes twice. Whatsapp has reached when the market was virgin and all the competition they had were the already almost dilapidated SMS. Its arrival changed the way we understood the communication through the mobile, and at a stroke swept the map not only of phone messages but also of services such as MSN Messenger.

Its huge user base made it the loved one of mobile applications, and although Google was behind its purchase, it was Facebook who took its property for 19,000 million dollars.

Since its appearance, it has not been few who have tried to battle through instant messaging: Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Telegram, Line… Most of these applications offer more features and services than Whatsapp, however at the moment none of them appear in the WhatsApp’s rearview.

And it is that while other applications may be prettier, may have a real desktop version or they may let you send gifs, the difference of the contact section against Whatsapp is abysmal. Virtually everyone who has a smartphone has Whatsapp.

WhatsApp has begun to give our data to Facebook. It has been found a disturbing message in the WhatsApp code: WhatsApp share our data to enhance our experience of Facebook.

Changing the business model

 

The news of the billions of users WhatsApp comes just days after the platform announced that it eliminates its annual dollar that they have been charging charged to all users who had not paid to download the application in its early days in the AppStore for IOS. That implies a change of their business model.

Facebook has never believed too much in this business model, which limited revenue to just under one euro for user- and  they want to strengthen the platform as a communication channel between customers and businesses.restaurant or a query to a cinema.

Why Facebook does not want to charge an euro forWhatsApp? The company has announced that the app will be free.
In addition, WhatsApp is testing new features such as video calling, which we have seen in Facebook Messenger– or sending documents beyond photos and videos, making possible in the future establishing a direct competition with Skype.

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7 facts you didn’t know about WhatsApp

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WhatsApp is the most used instant messaging app worldwide, but despite that, it certainly holds many secrets you do not know about, details that you you haven’t thought abbout and which can make you change the way you see the platform. Here there are, then Whatsapp curiosities that you might have overlooked.

1- Facebook could have save billions of dollars

Facebook spent 19,000 million dollars to clinch WhatsApp, one of the most important operations of the sector in the history, but the truth is we could have gotten the same for a lot less.

And its creators, Jan Koum and Brian Acton, knocked Facebook doors in 2007, when they left Yahoo in search of new opportunities; however, as the Zuckerberg’s company didn’t accept them, they decided to found their own company, WhatsApp, the February 24, 2009.

2- The name of WhatsApp

You may already sospechase something, but WhatsApp’s name comes from the English phrase “What’s up?” Which would be a “What? How are you? “. A huge amount of conversations are started every day like this , so it is appropriate to make a play on words with “app”, which was the buzzword in 2009.

3- WhatsApp has not spent a penny on marketing

Since the first version of the app was launched for iOS in November 2009, WhatsApp hasn’t spent absolutely nothing on promoting the app. They have simply left it on the users: they recommend it ones to others, taking advantage of the mouth to mouth because on the Internet it has more influence than ever.

4- Google was about buying WhatsApp

In 2014 it became clear that WhatsApp was well placed to be sold to the highest bidder, and it could have been Google. Although the Internet giant had already its own app, Hangouts, they were willing to open the wallet and drop about $10,000 million.

As it’s well known that finally was Facebook the one which took the upper hand, spending about 19,000 million. That figure is higher than the annual NASA budget (17,000 million), to get an idea of ​​the magnitude of the purchase.

5- WhatsApp does not make money with advertising or selling our data

Despite being sold to Facebook, WhatsApp remains more or less independent from the social network as Facebook Messenge is keeping competing against rthem

If WhatsApp doesn’t display advertising and either take advantage of our data, how do they make money? In a very traditional way: charging for the service. Initially the app was under payment only iOS, but when it came to Android a new system whereby the app is free the first year of use, after which we need to pay $1 per year (€ 0.89) was implemented.

6- WhatsApp, an addiction that has even been used as evidence in court

In case you have not noticed it: we use a lot of WhatsApp. It is estimated that 72% of users check the app at least once a day, and that the average user opens the app 23 times a day.

We are so accustomed to use Whatsapp for all that is even affecting the way we treat our loved ones (and not so dear ones too). In Italy Whatsapp chats have been used as evidence in 40% of cases of divorce, especially to prove adultery. Thus it has surpassed Facebook, which is also used to gather such information.

7 – Security has never been its strong point

Until the arrival of Telegram and other apps that have focused on security, WhatsApp have not bothered much in this aspect. This has bring them real problems, and in some cases the app has come to be removed from the apps stores because of it.

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