They mainly use the voice message function as they see it as an alterative to making phone calls.
Friends with benefits chat room
After I moved to the UK, I mainly use Skype and MSN to chat with my parents until 2011 when I found out that mobile phone companies, such as Lyca and Lebara, had deals of calling China for 1p per minute.
I turned to the more traditional model of communication of making phone calls.
As for the ‘look around’ function, users can set up their profile clearly implying ‘looking for a date’ or ‘I’m single’.
Yu, my Chinese friend who introduced me this app, said We Chat has been used by Chinese students in the UK to look for one-night-stands.
Unlike dating website, the light-heart of ‘social’ takes the pressure off ‘dating’ and people can build up connections and feelings along with chatting.
This is similar as ‘chat room’ which were popular over a decade ago.
The convenience of dating/mating also thanks to the location function that list users from closest distance to further away.
People, who want to use We Chat to connect to friends and family rather than dating or getting harassed by random messages, can always have a profile picture of landscape or something rather than their faces, and turn off their GPS.
It can definitely help many lonely hearts to connect and communicate with others and who knows, there might be a few happy endings!