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Do You Use WhatsApp? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Yaara Lancet 04-05-2014

Last week we wanted to know what mobile game you’re most addicted to. Wow. We never expected you guys to recommend so many awesome games!


While many of your favorite games weren’t on the poll’s list (it is impossible to include them all, after all), over 800 of you did vote, and one game blew the rest out of the water. Can you guess which one?

Since there were so many options in this poll, I will only go over the first 3 places, which won by quite a margin. To see the rest of the results, just keep reading!

851 readers voted for the game they find most addictive. In 3rd place, with 10% of the votes, we have Temple Run; in 2nd place, with an impressive 17% of the votes, Angry Birds; And the clear winner, with 23% of your votes, is, of course, Candy Crush.

It’s important to note that 20% voted for “none of the above”, and their recommendations can be found in the comments.



Comment Of The Week

So many great games were mentioned in the comments. But one commenter managed to capture the essence of what makes a game addictive, or more accurately, the process with which it pulls you and doesn’t let you stop.

So congratulations Jo-anne P! I’m sure many of you can relate to the addictive process Jo-anne describes in her comment. For taking the time to write it, Jo-anne won Comment Of The Week:

Day 1 Candy Crush you seemed so sweet so innocent and so very very simple. Click here and little click there and wow what an amazing player I am. Look at that I am at level 2. Pfft this game is a piece of cake err candy? Did I know what I was doing? Did I understand what all the bonuses were about and how I even got them? Hell no!. click click bonus.. look at that level 2.

Day 10 How brilliant you are Candy Crush you give me a little each time and make it just the teeniest bit harder not that I ever noticed. When I failed to achieve my level it was all on me. You would never make things so tough that I could not get to the next level right? I must have done something wrong or missed some row that was right in front of me.

Day 53 Candy Crush how I hate you!!!!! Why is my brain trained and why does it trick me into thinking “this time, I know I can get it this time”? Why do I dream of you? Why do I keep coming back?

Day 90 Sob, I can’t go on like this I need help! Is there a CC addiction line?

Day 93 Hello, My name is Jo-Anne and I am an addict!

Do You Use WhatsApp?

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

It’s not every day that a company buys a mobile app for $19 billion. Most of us can’t even imagine that number, let alone that amount of money. But with its wide user base, WhatsApp appears to be worth it. Are you helping making it so?

WhatsApp is funny in that it’s extremely popular in some places, while in others, no one’s using it. Are you using WhatsApp for your chats? Or maybe you used to and stopped following the acquisition? Scroll down and vote, it only takes a second!


After voting, hit the comments and tell us what you like or dislike about WhatsApp. Are you worried about it following the Facebook acquisition, or do you think it doesn’t matter?

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  1. Anonymous
    July 5, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I do say exactly the same thing but only the advantage of Whatsapp is to have contacts which are not in friend-list at Facebook.

  2. Amrit K
    August 16, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    what's what's app? :P

    • Daryl
      April 5, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      I use what'sapp when I am in Haiti on mission trips, to communicate with my wife at home in United States. Works great.

  3. Thiago Cursino
    May 21, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I'm from Brazil and I'm gonna say why whatsapp is so popular here.

    1. Each sms coasts U$ 00,15 to be sent if you don't have a plan. So people prefer whatsapp wich has unlimited messages.
    2. A plan with unlimited sms coasts about U$ 15,00 per month, and a data only plan coasts U$ 6,00 per month. So it's cheaper to get the data plan only and use whatsapp;
    3. Whatsapp sends photos and music. mms coasts one dollar per image;
    4. The data plans for smartphones are 32 kbps, so it's impossible to use voip, like viber or line, because such internet speed is not fast enough;
    5. Whatsapp does not demand fast internet connection;
    6. Whatsapp demands less hardware then facebook messenger and many other chat apps;
    7. Whatsapp grabs contacts from your agenda, so it's more practical. You just need a phone number.
    8. Whatsapp has groups.

  4. fatih
    May 8, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I used to have whatsapp installed on my phone and was using it. Now, I am using WeChat because Whatsapp team is very slow in bringing updates for Windows Phone 8.1. I am happy with WeChat or Viber now and I dont think I will return to the Whatsapp although many of my friends are using it. ( I have unlimited minutes in my bundle with Vodafone anyway). Another reason I am not goind to use it again because Facebook people bought it and I think they will push to people (who dont have Facebook like me) to use facebook and Whatsapp together to make more profits. So, WHatsapp OUT, WeChat/Viber IN :)

  5. Vipul J
    May 7, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    The main reason Whatsapp is so successful is because it was the first of its kind.
    Today we have tons and tons of similar apps, but now everyone has formed a personal network of friends and family on Whatsapp.
    Switching now would mean convincing everyone to switch with you or you end up having 2 messaging clients.
    Secondly I started using it in 2009, and till date I surprisingly haven't paid a penny, my subscription keeps self renewing!
    The only thing I miss in Whatsapp is gif support, which is why I want to switch to Telegram, but as I stated earlier, can't do it unless I make everyone do it. And why would someone switch, it's lightweight, feature rich (almost), low RAM footprint, emojis galore, auto-compression of videos & images for better & faster sharing!
    It is almost irreplaceable once you have started using it!

  6. Amine D
    May 6, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I can't see any thing Special in WhatsApp, I just use Facebook messenger .

  7. Robert O
    May 6, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Not only have I never used Whatsapp, I didn't even know what it was until I read this article (and comments)!

    • fatih
      May 8, 2014 at 9:10 am

      good saying mate.. Whatsapp (or Facebook after now) are pushing people to use it for everything. So, They will have a strong hand in battle with Operators (O2, Three or Vodafone)

  8. Fik of borg
    May 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I do, but recently I am having issues with lonng delays sending pictures. Also I'd like if whatsapp were cloud based like Hangouts or Facebook, so one can start chatting on the phone and continue on the PC (I seldom use Hangouts or Facebook because those are slower and more resource intensive).

  9. Peter F
    May 5, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Not sure what the situation is in other countries regarding paying for text messages and the like, but in the UK most, if not all, tarriffs offer FREE texts, from 100 a month upto unlimited texts. Add that to the fact that everybody seems to have facebook apps/google hangouts etc which are all free, I really don't understand how or why the Whatsapp has become so popular.
    I tried the app for number of weeks but rarely used it I (and most of my friends) use texts/calls/emails/facebook messenger/hangouts to communicate when not face to face.
    I'm sure, for some it IS a handy app, but for me and the majority of people I know it has become an icon that has been swiftly moved to the "trash can" instead of taking valuable real estate on a home screen.

    • fatih
      May 8, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Mate same thing is valid for almost all EU countries. All Network operators offers unlimited text (even some of them voice calls or MMS ) with unlimited data. I was using Whatsapp as well. But I jumped to Skype or Viber :) (same options with calling/video call feature. ) Also, Whatsapp sucks in Windows Phone 8.1

  10. NymNull
    May 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    FB acquired billions of private conversations, dreams, fears, loves, hates, secrets, friends, locations, relatives and much more... - is how I see it.

  11. Vishalnkatara
    May 5, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Surely ... I use Whatsapp on a daily basis...

    For me it is a great replacement for MMS ..

    The best thing which I liked about it...It connects you with known people( Your Contacts)...One of the first app which had started using phone number as ID...

  12. Wizz
    May 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I stopped for privacy issues!

    Its unbelievable the amount of stalkers out there you may never know who has got your number, i wish it had the ability to choose/approve who you want to contact rather that expose your status/photo/online status to the public.

    • pistachio
      May 5, 2014 at 9:26 am

      You can hide your status, photo, online status in whatsapp from settings. Still i prefer telegram over whatsapp.

    • Wizz
      May 5, 2014 at 11:42 am

      I know you can! but due to the large number of business contacts i just cant go on and start blocking its hectic! i'd rather have it the other way around, meaning to accept whoever i want.

    • fatih
      May 8, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Hiding from other people is not available for all OS. (Only for IOS or Android). I dont think people will jump to another OS and hide their status for using a sucking app (Whatsapp)

  13. Ellen O
    May 5, 2014 at 4:14 am

    WhatsApp is a LIFESAVER!!! I run a study abroad program and take a group of university students to London over spring break each year. I require them all to install WhatsApp on their cell phones at the start of term. Then I set up a WhatsApp group and everyone subscribes to it and that way I send one text and everyone gets it! So convenient – and fun because each class comes up with a great name for their group! The most recent group was called “FISH AND CHICKS” because there was only one guy in the whole class – he was our “Fish!”

    Originally I intended the group to be used just for important course-related communications in London but the students LOVE IT! They use it constantly throughout the semester to ask each other (and me!) questions, post photos, plan get-togethers, organize their group projects, and so on. And when the course is over, the group stays active! The students become very close over the semester – especially after spending a week together 24/7 in London getting as little sleep as humanly possible (who needs sleep when you are in LONDON?!?!) So when the semester ends, they want to keep in touch and they do it using WhatsApp!!

    For example, one of the students in my Spring 2013 group graduated this term – she posted selfies in her cap and gown, everyone else sent crazy congrats, and they used WhatsApp to organize a big celebration get-together for her, and then another bash for Cinco de Mayo. I’m kept up on all their activities and successes through the group – it’s terrific! They organized a class reunion last term and absolutely ganged up on me via WhatsApp to make sure I could come!!

    Basically, WhatsApp has been the best thing ever for my class!

  14. Yiyi
    May 5, 2014 at 2:59 am

    Well I'm interested in Whatsapp but in China there's not much people use it, So I have to use WeChatXD

    • fatih
      May 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

      You are not alone :) I am using WeChat as well. It is safer and faster than Whatsapp in Windows Phone OS.

  15. Rajaa C
    May 5, 2014 at 2:12 am

    I used to use Whatsapp earlier in my Android phone and then now in my Windows phone. However, after reading an articles on Whatsapp security flaws where my phone number and other security details like my location, etc. are contained in the message header, which can be deciphered, I have personally discontinued using it. Besides I need to standardize on one messenger / chatting software from a plethora of them like Whatsapp, Line, WeChat, BBM, Skype, etc. I would have personally settled for BBM, but unfortunately it is yet to be available for Windows Phone. However, telling from the experience of using the BB 8800 during those days, I still have retained that soft corner for this wonderful messenger. However, now I have settled for Skype for all my device in different OS platform, and it also being available for a desktop has made it a differtiator for me. So if you want to communicate with me, SKYPE. :) That is till BBM hits WP. :P

  16. Vinayaga Moorthy
    May 4, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I have only used WhatsApp because it came pre installed with my Sony Xperia. I dont like it at all since it says it gonna charge me $1/year and renews automatically for free.

    At the earlier stages it doesn't inspired me because why its using my mobile number ( an app asking or using mobile number is very strange to me at that time.)

    And what is the difference between gtalk I found only extra emoticons. I thought it doesn't provide me many features such as online status of the user and I can't ping him every time to know whether he is online.
    And I can use the gtalk in any environment. ie desktop/mobile
    And my operator provides free SMS. So I haven't felt WhatsApp a essential or close to heart app for me .

    But I love the app called "hike" which is similar to whatsapp but provides hike to hike and hike to sms for free. It also provides sent, delivered and read status.( one and two ticks in whatsapp)

    I still believe WhatsApp a modified version of gtalk and not a great or nice app for me.

  17. Raish
    May 4, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Sending a picture via MMS is something like 50p in the UK. Whatapp = 0p. Its easy maths really.

    Its great when the wife is out shopping.....she just sends me a picture, before she buys anything for me . I'm sitting in the house watching football. Everyone's happy!

  18. Chaitu
    May 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Whats App is especially useful where
    1. You have family and friends across different countries. You don't have to pay anything for international SMS.
    2. Your friends don't have to have a Facebook account or Google account. All you need to know is their phone number to chat with them using Whatsapp.

    • Mili J
      May 5, 2014 at 10:09 am

      yes buddy u are right

      Pebble Hills University

  19. Anoop Mohan
    May 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I believe it is the most useful app ever made

  20. Anoop Mohan
    May 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I believe it is the most useful app ever made

  21. Md Mukhtar M
    May 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Whatsapp is for people living in a region where carrier binding is not common , here in india it is rare ,

    Sending SMS is much costly especially international than using Whatsapp with net plan and infact tons of people use it ,so not registered to Whatsapp is uncommon .

    Overall using of this app depends upon area you are living.

  22. Jason
    May 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    WhatsApp is a good app, but it's certainly not different enough from the many alternatives to justify paying for the service, no matter how small the cost is. I used it for a year, then stopped when my subscription expired, even though many of my contacts were WhatsApp users.

    I use hangouts for SMS and I'm increasingly finding that my contacts are switching to Android devices, so more and more of them appearing as hangouts contacts every day. Those that are sticking with their iPhones also seem to be switching to hangouts under all the peer pressure.

  23. Zoran N
    May 4, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I don't use WhattsApp. I have installed it once, but uninstall it just a few days later, with no message sent :)

    Since I have plan with lot's of SMS (500 or 1000 monthly) I really don't need WA. When I want to chat with my sister, I use Skype...

  24. Chris
    May 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I use what's app because my hangouts messaging appears as notifications on every device I use which may be seen by others --- also, where Ilive there are no unlimited sms plans.

  25. zorkor
    May 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    In the rest of the world e.g Asia, Middle East Africa, Whatsapp is the king. I mean anyone who buys their first smartphone, the first thing they do is download Whatsapp and start adding all their friends who use Whatsapp which is a lot.
    It's the king of the messaging service here and you are laughed at if you don't use Whatsapp.

    • Adnan
      May 4, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Confirmed. I live in the middle east and it's just that.

    • Ali
      May 5, 2014 at 9:14 am

      You're correct zorkor.
      WhatsApp is enjoying all its kingliness in the MiddleEast.

  26. MrX
    May 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I honestly don't understand all the hype about WhatsApp. There is hangouts, there is Facebook messenger, heck one can also use Skype. I don't see the reason for WhatsApp therefor I don't use it. I don't know anyone in my surroundings that use it either. I myself mainly use hangouts and Facebook messenger.

    • Adnan
      May 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      The reason is that none of the Whatsapp's counterparts you cited just grab your contacts list from your phone in a blink of an eye and relies on it.

  27. kholoud
    May 4, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Yes.. I use what's app like it is the main connection app but if it really happen that it become facebook acquisition .. I will stop useing it sadly :(

  28. Maarten D
    May 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I don't. But I did.

    It's one hell of a messaging app, i know. But the problem: Not everyone of my friends have Whatsapp, and so, the app is useless. I think 10 of my friends have it, but I don't text them because they aren't friends who I text.
    And even, if they have it, I know there are people (including me) who don't always have their data turned on, so they can avoid data spill. So it only would be useful when I have WiFi, but then I just use FB Messenger.

    When I want to contact someone, I will not go through a checklist like: 1. Has the person you want to contact a smartphone. 2 If yes, does he have whatsapp? 3. If no, use FB Messenger. 4. No messenger? -Use Viber! 5. No Viber??!! - use some other VoIP but no sms, because that's so mainstream!?. No, not that kind of person. I will just call, text or FB messenger. This also because I have a good plan with unlimited Sms'es and calling,...

    Okay, if you are on a vacation some VoIP app can be handy to call your homebase, but for the rest not really.

    So no. No VoIP for me.

  29. Dominic C
    May 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    my friends and family use whatsapp with the group feature the most instead of just a 1 to 1 text service. This allows us to plan meetings and broadcast important updates to eveyone in the group easily. These features along with a clean UI, has attracted my friends and I to stick with them for time to come. Hopefully facebook won't add features and ask us to pay to unlock like viber and line with their stickers.

  30. Jack
    May 4, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I could never get my family or friends to use Whatsapp. Most of them are on plans that allow unlimited text. The idea of eliminating unlimited text and reducing the carrier cost is not nough incentive to change.