30 July, 2021

Thrill Or Inspiration: What Drives People To Send 'Good Morning' Messages On WhatsApp

WhatsApp greetings blight our dawns. Their synthetic piety is like catnip to do-gooders.

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Thrill Or Inspiration: What Drives People To Send 'Good Morning' Messages On WhatsApp
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2018-11-17T14:24:30+05:30

They are as motley a crowd as can be gathered—a 68-year-old homeopathic doctor from the hills of Uttarakhand, a 52-year-old school principal from Rajasthan and a 35-year-old taxi driver from Delhi. What sorcerous connection can tie up these three kind men, separated by geography and generations, crafts and cultures, in a common category? Except all three are claimed—hopeless men—by a ravenous digital weed: The well-intentioned habit of wishing people ‘good morning’ on WhatsApp every day in their own sweet, predictable ways.

‘Om Sai Ram’, written in Devnagri, flanked by two conch shells, is how one message from the principal begins. “The person who constantly focuses on his work and goal, never gets the time to cheat others..!! Focus on your Goals,” it dec­lares in a morning exhortation. The advice is repeated in Hindi and ends with ‘Shubh Prabhaat’, the latter bracketed by bouquet and folded-hands emojis, ensconcing the mite of wisdom in neo middle-class aesthetics.

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