New Delhi: Good morning messages have become the bane of the internet. Good morning with a flower, a cup of tea, a photo of the sun, a beautiful landscape, a bubbly baby and everything you have. India has over 390 million Whats App users and they are literally breaking the internet. If your phone freezes a lot and your internet connection takes forever to load, blame Good Morning texting.
In fact, they are clogging the internet. One in three smartphone users in India run out of space every day, compared to one in ten in the United States. Indians love to be on Whats App and many of them are active in several groups. So imagine multiples of Good Morning messages circulating across the country every morning! It wouldn’t be wrong to say that GM messages from India are causing a traffic jam on the internet. And people in Silicon Valley have no idea.
The sad thing is that the culprit behind this scourge is also the most vulnerable population – the older generation. They are the ones who are obsessed with GM attackers. Since they are new to technology, this is their way of adapting to changing times. They have a definite pattern.
Over the past five years, searches for GM images have increased tenfold and in India the number of people downloading them has increased ninefold. These photos end up on our phones. The only way out is to continue cleaning our phones or not downloading these transfers.
But what can you do if the people sending the message are your own parents? It’s probably their only way to confirm your well-being and to feel close to you if you’re away from them. In fact, it is a telling statement of our society, in which a large part of the elderly population lives an isolated life and Whats App Forwards is their only window to the world. Unfortunately, this is their only mode of communication.
The only way out of this Catch-22 situation is to educate them about the technology without hurting their feelings. The onus is on the younger generation to educate them and kindly tell them that even a simple text message will get their message across.
The other broader solution is to strive to revive the family unit and not let technology become part of the family.