What do Chinese people do on their mobile phones all the time?
Today, smartphones are a part of people’s lives all around the world, but in China, smartphone usage is taken to a whole new level. Why do the Chinese use mobile phones so often and what exactly are they doing?
Everyone has a smartphone these days. In China, the number of smartphone users is estimated to be 699.04 million. Not only do they have a smartphone but they also use it a lot. Chinese people spent on average three hours per day on their phone. More than 95% of internet users in the country use primarily their mobile phones to go online, what makes Chinese a true mobile native nation. But why do the Chinese use their phone this often and what are they exactly doing?
What is WeChat?
WeChat is a all in one mobile application that concentrates utility, communication and entertainment. It is like Facebook, WhatsApp, Tinder, CandyCrush and Apple Pay at the same time. In addition, the application still acts as a platform, allowing other companies to develop mini applications on their system. The ease and convenience provided by these tools enabled the application to reach almost one billion users, mostly in the Chinese market.
Communication and Social Media
WeChat originally started as a messenger for phones, similar to WhatsApp, but nowadays it has developed into a platform not only for connecting with your friends and family, but also with companies. It has built the WeChat Moments, similar where you can share your favorite pictures, videos, songs and messages with all your contacts, for the consumers and public accounts, which are owned by independent companies, brands and publishers. These public accounts offer services and information about their products or company.
Utility and Payments
WeChat has many other functions that make the daily life way easier. By linking your account to a bank card you can set up the WeChat Wallet. This can be used to transfer money to any of your contacts, make in-store payments, e-commerce payments, split a bill, pay a taxi, buy groceries online, pay your utility bills and even set up a personal savings account!
Travel and leisure
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Mini Apps inside WeChat Eco-system
WeChat mini-apps are sub-applications inside the WeChat ecosystem. They usually provide advanced features to users such as e-commerce, coupons,