Infusing “fun” to make something pleasurable, many of us post daily commentaries that go from random fascinations to substantial opinions on the web. I give a chuckle of amusement on how certain people can do just that—filling conversations jolted with entertainment value. 😛
In this post, we delve into the topics that headline the internet culture of Filipinos—of which the most active are university students and young professionals aged 16-24—and discover how social media apps such as WeChat have become influences as to why our smartphones, tablets and desktops have evolved into our amusement favorites.
A Digital Anatomy: What Filipino Online Entertainment Is Made Of
1. The Political Brainwave
From peace processes with the Bangsamoro to the never-ending issue of pork barrel allocations, the Internet brims with political news on a minute-to-minute basis, thanks to the presence of local social news networks as well as online versions of broadsheets and television news channels.
With real-time information made more shareable today, our online conversations have been bustling with the topic of politics—making it the topic discussed by 55% of internet users and 57% of WeChat users.
2. The Superstar Reflex
Idolizing people has been ingrained in our social culture so much so that our television screens and online news feeds are studded with the presence of personalities.
Entertained by the goings-on of these influential people, 54% of average internet users and 55% of WeChat users go online for their daily fix of celebrity news and gossip, which they are able to satiate through photo updates, video clips, and other multimedia posts.
3. Nerves of Speed
It’s no surprise why events such as the recently concluded Manila International Auto Show are such big hits in the country. With various modes of transportation—from Philippine jeepneys to foreign race cars—vying for the “king of the road” title, automobiles and the functions that make them parts of Filipinos’ daily lives have become the third most talked about topics across social networking services.
4. Adventure Hormones
Summer has dawned upon our side of the world which is probably why most of us are into the subject of adventure, sports, and wildlife.
The study reveals that 51% of average internet users and 55% of WeChat users talk about adrenaline-inducing activities—be it of surfing through the waves of La Union or booking trips to the Labor Day zone that is Boracay.
5. The Beauty Bone
With more and more lifestyles open to influence by technology, clicking through 5-minute tutorials and looking up reviews online have become more rampant to those who are in the topic of beauty, which is the fifth conversation driver in the local internet scene.
Through videos and photos, experts and enthusiasts are now more easily able to engage in such health and beauty-related exchanges. Consequently, WeChat users are into similar topics but more for their furry friends with 57% talking about pet grooming and care.
WeChat envisions and innovates new ways for people to connect, communicate and share. A mobile social communication app designed for smartphone users, WeChat is the world’s fastest growing social app with over 100 million registered accounts internationally.
WeChat empowers users in fun and dynamic ways by bringing together messaging, social communication and gaming in one seamless, interactive experience, with comprehensive privacy and security settings that can be tailored as needed.
WeChat is an all-in-one app that enables users to add friends with several innovative features. These include highly convenient and reliable QR code scanning, phonebook and location-based connection services such as “Hold Together”, “People Nearby” and “Shake.” The platform facilitates social interaction with real-time “Walkie Talkie,” “Voice Call,” and “Video Call.” Supported on data networks and Wi-Fi, WeChat makes it easy to stay connected with friends anywhere, anytime. Users can choose to communicate and share photos one-on-one, or within their closed social network through “Moments”. The popular WeChat Sticker Shop has a variety of fun animated emoticons to express any emotion. Also, with a host of addictive WeChat Games, users can play and challenge their friends on the move, share scores and even find competitors nearby.
WeChat is available free for download on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian and Windows operating systems.