WeChat – the all-in-one app created by Tencent – is perhaps the most recognized symbol of Chinese innovation in mobile Internet. It’s like an amalgamation of the 10 most used apps on your phone in one product. Chinese people depend on WeChat for everything, including texting and calling, business and networking, fun and leisure, and making payments and running errands. This raisesthe question: Why is there no all-in-one app in the United States? In this article from online education platform Sanjieke, writer Sun Qinying traces the reason back to America’s dependence on email. She draws interesting comparisons between email usage in the United States and Wechat usage in China, shedding light on why the adoption of email has been so different in the two countries. The reasons why a WeChat exists in China and not in the United States are more complicated than those she outlines in this article. For example, she doesn’t refer to China’s quick transition to mobile Internet development before personal computers were widely adopted. The author also uses the United States to represent the Western world although there will be differences from country to country. Nevertheless, the article is an interesting look at the United States through Chinese eyes, and getAbstract recommends it to anyone interested in cross-cultural comparisons.
About the Author
Sun Qinying is a content intern at Sanjieke, a company offering training courses for entrepreneurs and product managers. She is currently an international student at an Ivy League university.