Our generation exists in an era in which chatting applications and social media has become the dire need of our everyday life. Whether people agree or don’t, people depend on chatting applications so much on their life to the degree that they cannot subsist without using them. People exploit them in all aspects of life. For instance, get in touch with their associates and family, to discuss matters of business, and to elucidate a lesson to a classmate. In addition, the immediate messaging, the group chats that people generate with friends and colleagues help them to share their ideas, information, point of views, and feelings with each other. The drift of instant messaging apps lead to the establishment of many chatting applications until it turned into a business in which many rivals challenge each other to create an application that can exert a pull on the majority of users by offering them the quality that they look for. One of these chatting applications is WhatsApp. It was recognized in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both veterans of Yahoo!, with the slogan:
“Simple. Personal. Real time messaging.”
The new app came with plenty of features like as the ability to make group chats, set broadcast contacts and send unrestricted images, video and audio messages. Moreover being full of features, easy to use, and a pioneer in its category, it helped people to save money by using it instead of the regular messages so users do not have to shell out additional fees for sending messages. Besides, it helped make communication over barriers much easier and cheaper than it ever been. All of these features, and others, made WhatsApp the number one chatting app for the past 5 years. The connotation of the word “WhatsApp” is derived from the English phrase “What’s up?” which has the meaning of “What’s new?”
The present study has glorified the worth of using the WhatsApp tool to perk up the writing proficiency of university scholars enrolled in a Rhetoric class and to boost their motivation for education.
“The easy access to WhatsApp tool along with the low cost and the affordability of this tool make the tool more useful and more efficient than other tools employed by the educational system”.
- Church & de Oliveira, 2013Church, K., & de Oliveira, R. (2013)
What’s up with WhatsApp, dude? WhatsApp was introduced to us as a messaging app but soon it gained its reputation as a life saver for the new, emerging, tech-dependant generation. Tired with the time taking messaging service, which only took about some 1 minute minimum, their impatient nature has lead many tech giants to create applications such as tango, vibe, line, WeChat etc, to meet their needs of swift and reliable communication. It works only by adding the number into your contacts and putting up your profile picture and user name which is highly optional as well. You can remain totally anonymous as well. It provides features as blocking and hiding online status as well.
WhatsApp as an Educational Tool:
Moreover, there are many benefits to this application which include educational aid as well. The WhatsApp gizmo could be utilized as a debate forum that would facilitate teachers and students to begin discussions that would progress learning and amplify motivation. Furthermore, the WhatsApp software help to fashion an anxiety reduced environment that increase the students’ sense of belonging. In light of the verdict of the studies concluded, it is suggested to make the most of mobile applications to increase learners’ motivation in learning writing. Per se, it will be essential building mobiles a part of the training process. The teachers can commune with their students through mobile applications. Equally, the WhatsApp may be utilized as additional means for doing home assignments. Moreover, using WhatsApp application in teaching, listening, and speaking might be noteworthy breakthrough, through exchanging files between pupils and teachers. Per se, the WhatsApp could be leveraged to accelerate association among learners on one hand and between learners and teachers on the other hand. Furthermore, the WhatsApp tool could optimize students’ learning and increase their motivation for learning. Supplementary research should be conducted to look into the efficiency of the WhatsApp in exchanging ideas, suggestions and understanding among teachers so that teachers could thicken their perspective of how to advance academic practices and accomplish objectives.
To conclude, WhatsApp has always proven to be a very reliable, multi-functioning, elegant and a trust-worthy application for everyday use. Unlike its other rivals, it has proven to be suitable and fulfilling as per the needs and usage of the current generation. Maybe the time comes when WhatsApp will be replaced by a new innovation designed at the Microsoft or Mark Zukkerberg creates something that outruns the WhatsApp’s benefits in the marathon of innovation in communication. But until then, WhatsApp is and always will stay as the most used and reliable communication software that the networking industry could have produced.