Most Filipinos now own more than one cellular phone. It is therefore not a surprise that aside from being the “Selfie Capital of the World”, Philippines is now also known as the “Texting Capital of the World” because of the great volume of Short Messaging System (SMS) traffic exchange in the country per day.
Aside from using social media, texting is preferred by a lot of Filipinos because it is a cheap form of communication that can bridge people together. It also has its own lingo such as BRB (Be Right Back), IDK (I Don’t Know), SLR (Sorry Late Reply) which is short to type but it is still understandable by everyone.
According to the latest information gathered last 2018, the number of cellular phone subscribers in the Philippines reached over 72.6 million and it is still growing at a rapid rate.
Here is the list of Ten Common Reasons why Filipinos find texting very important:
Stay Connected With Family Members
Most of the Filipinos spend their waking hours studying or working outside. It is then important to send and receive texts asking for help in projects or presentations. It is also used to know about their whereabouts, what time they will arrive home, greet during special occasions and simply say “I love you.”
Catch Up With Friends
Thru the use of social media, it is now possible to prepare activities such as planning for the next barkada outing, celebrate someone’s birthday, find new movies to watch together or simply stay in someone’s home. But if they can’t find a suitable date because of busy schedules, they are literally just one text away and it is still easy to know what happened lately to each other when it comes to their personal lives.
Let Love Move in Mysterious Ways
Some people found their soulmate because of joining text clans then they decided to interact more with each other. Others meet thru common friends and started their conversation thru texting. There are also some who are shy to show their true feelings in person thus they decide to say it thru text. It may sound very cheesy but couples who usually send and receive texts to each other even once a day are most likely to have a healthy relationship. It is even more important especially if they rarely see each other because of different work schedules or being separated by long distances.
Companies usually use their designated electronic mail (e-mail) accounts and other productivity apps but texting allows them to easily send details to people looking for potential work or give information about the latest details in their assigned tasks. It also helps in developing a strong bond between two or more colleagues because it is an opportunity for them to talk about other topics aside from work. Aside from that, it allows contacting potential clients and suppliers in order to start a new business or expand it into something better.
Cope Up With Stress Thru Fandom Activities
Group texts allow them to know the latest activities and information about a group, singer and/or celebrity that they idolize such as date and location of fan meetings. It can also be an opportunity to be close to fellow fans who have the same interests and do activities together such as role-playing.
Stay Updated on Latest News
Group texts received from trusted sources can give information about the latest weather updates, the traffic situation in a certain area or know about the condition of a place you’ll be staying for vacation. Some can also inform you about new restaurants to try and what are the perfect gifts during the holiday season.
Help Someone Who is Sick
Texting is literally a lifesaver in order to inform others about someone’s condition especially if they are already in a critical condition. It can also contact people who can help financially. If they cannot go personally, it can still help them support each other during those emotional situations.
Maintain Contact During Emergencies
Natural disasters happen when you least expect and it is therefore not a surprise that cellular signals and electricity are usually down during that period. Nevertheless, they can still know about the situation of their loved ones through texts from reliable organizations. But if they are lucky to text themselves, then it is a perfect opportunity to be updated about their current situation.
Feel Secure and Protected
Whenever they feel that somebody is following or they are in grave danger, texting a reliable person comes in handy especially if it is hard to contact them after receiving that message. In case a crime is committed, it is also helpful to save text conversations from suspicious people because government agencies in charge use it as evidence and track down the suspects responsible.
Be Part of Community Organizations
Joining a group for a civic, environmental, or religious cause is proven to have a lot of beneficial results. Text interactions allow them to know more about membership guidelines, conduct group meetings in case they can’t see each other in person, be informed about special events and simply know more details about each other.
This list is only a summary and there are still a lot of various reasons why texting is very important to Filipinos especially it is a known fact that they spend most of their waking hours in front of a cellular phone.
But what if someone has no load to send a very important message? Or worse, what if you have no load to reply about something? Luckily, with the help of wifi and data, it is now possible to contact anyone from the Philippines or even those from abroad because there are websites or apps that support free texting to mobile numbers anywhere in the world.
One app which provides free texting online to Android mobile users in the Philippines is EyesUp. With its simple design and clutter-free interface, it is easy to send and receive information from people who truly matter.