Reasons behind Filipino obsession with text messaging

Reasons behind Filipino obsession with text messaging
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Filipinos are known for their love of texting. In fact, the Philippines is considered to be the text messaging capital of the world, with an average of over 400 million text messages sent per day. But what is the reason behind this obsession with texting?

One factor that contributes to this phenomenon is the affordability of text messaging in the Philippines. Compared to making a call, sending a text message is much cheaper and accessible to a wider population. This is especially true for prepaid mobile phone users, who make up the majority of mobile phone users in the country. Texting is also more convenient as it allows people to communicate without having to worry about the quality of the phone signal or the availability of a Wi-Fi connection.

Another reason for the popularity of texting in the Philippines is the culture of socialization and communication. Filipinos are known for their hospitality and warmth towards others, and texting provides an easy way to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones. Texting has become an important part of everyday life for many Filipinos, who use it to share news, send greetings, and even express their emotions.

Texting has also become a way for Filipinos to express themselves creatively. In recent years, there has been a rise in the use of emoticons and stickers in text messages, which adds a new level of expression and personality to conversations. This trend has even led to the development of local stickers and emoticons that are specific to Filipino culture and humor.

The use of text messaging has also had an impact on Philippine society as a whole. During natural disasters and emergencies, texting has been used as a tool for communication and information dissemination. The government has also utilized text messaging to disseminate public service announcements and emergency alerts to the public.

In conclusion, the obsession with texting in the Philippines can be attributed to a combination of factors, including affordability, convenience, cultural values, and creativity. Texting has become an important part of Filipino society, with its influence extending beyond personal communication to include social and political aspects.


Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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