Time-swallowing app? What’s that? You might not even know that that app is consuming most of your time…err…most of your life, I must say! Unable to identify? Well, this app has become a part and parcel of our daily life. You cannot imagine a day without it. It is actually a universal phenomenon. Can you feel a connect with it now? Yes, it is WhatsApp! So the very word ‘WhatsApp’ itself is enough to ring a thousand euphoric bells inside your mind. It has become such important that you can even go without food, but not live without WhatsApp. People think that it is the only way by which they can remain connected to their close friends and relatives. But I am going to prove you wrong.
Well, I uninstalled WhatsApp for two weeks. I don’t use it much right from the day it was launched in the market. I am not comfortable with the idea that anyone who has your number can add you (read WhatsApp you). I like to be in touch only with a few close friends. But there is this irritating acquaintance who pings me often and annoying groups which don’t do anything productive than send unnecessary forward & chain messages. And in addition to all these, WhatsApp has introduced privacy intrusion features too! Like the ‘last seen at…’ and the blue ticks to indicate that a message has been read. For instance, I am busy with an important chat. At that time, someone else messages me. I read that message and choose to reply later. Since I have seen the message and it changes to blue ticks, the other person might feel that I am ignoring him or her. Or they might also bombard me with even more messages. Just imagine how irritating that would be! It is completely an intrusion of privacy.
WhatsApp statuses have become such a rage that even the birth of a baby or loss of a loved one is announced through them. Some people use the app only to pry on others’ statuses and display pictures. How ridiculous it seems! Many will even message you out of the blue, if they see a status from you that intrigues them.
When I announced to some of my regular friends that I am going to uninstall it for a few days, they were like ‘What???’. They even presumed that I had turned insane. Some of the reactions were:
“Are you mad? What’d you do without WhatsApp?”
“Are you that busy?”
“How will you keep in touch with your friends?”
“When will you be back?”
After answering all types of bizarre queries, I finally deleted the app from my phone. I must say that it was after that I attained eternal peace in my life. There was no need to check for new messages from time to time. There was no need to even pick up my phone or switch on the mobile data! There were no gratuitous noise (read friends). Finally, I could figure out who my true friends were. Those who thought that I was a part of their life, kept in touch with me through other means. Some even went to the extent of calling me up. I was overwhelmed. At the same time, I learnt that a few who were close to me on WhatsApp, weren’t really meant to be close in real life.
I was happy with my five to six close friends rather than 228 WhatsApp friends. I was also able to concentrate on the task at hand, not needing to worry about unreplied messages. I found many productive ways to lead my life rather than spend time on WhatsApp. I upgraded myself with recent news when I would have been guffawing at absurd trolls and memes from the various groups. I must say that that was the best thing I had done in my life. I was at peace without the time-swallowing app. Yes, for your information, I existed!
Though I have reinstalled the app (to share a few photos with my close friends), I still feel that days-without-WhatsApp were the most peaceful days. No matter how many friends you might have on WhatsApp, only those who are true to you will help you in times of need and be with you during your good & bad days. Don’t worry about anything. Just uninstall and watch the show! Share your experiences in a blog post, just like I did!
Happy WhatsApping…err…Happy Life! 🙂