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  • Can technology actually bring families closer?
  • Can technology actually bring families closer?
    Joe Shiabotnik, Creative Commons (2013) ©

WhatsApp: Brazil’s digital version of a noisy family meal

Nearly 60% of Brazilians feel they aren't spending enough quality time with their family. Stories, fights and gossip were once shared around the dinner table, but now these interactions often happen over Facebook and email. Does the family that WhatsApps together stay together?

Location Brazil

As WhatsApp's popularity reaches unprecedented levels in Brazil, the largest country in South America embraces the instant messaging app as a way to strengthen family ties and reunite relatives in a digital environment.

The decline of Facebook's popularity amongst the younger age groups may have been blamed on mums and dads taking over the social network. But when the young ones find a way to virtually hang out with their relatives of all ages in private, with no outside people to read the inside jokes and spelling mistakes, it's a different story. Does the family that WhatsApps together stay ...



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