Did you know that more than 2.5 million apps have gone up on Google Play? More than two million apps have also graced Apple’s App Store. Apps are a huge part of life. So let’s take a look at three of the most popular apps in use today.
Social Media Apps
In terms of daily use, social media apps might be the most popular apps. They have also had a huge impact on our daily lives. What makes these apps so popular? Let’s dig in.
For one, social media communication apps are easily accessible from mobile devices and desktops. If you want to stay in touch with friends and loved ones, it’s easy to do so with the right social media app.
Your child might go to study abroad in a faraway country. Maybe you live in Singapore and your child is studying in Toronto. Or maybe you’re an American student on a study abroad in the Philippines. Yet no matter the distance, you can stay in touch pretty easily via social media.
Going back thirty years and communicating across the country, let alone the world was often expensive. You’d either have to send someone snail mail, which could take many days to arrive, or you’d have to hop on the phone. Long-distance calls, meanwhile, were expensive. Communicating via social media, on the other hand, is typically free, quick, and easy.
All this convenience plus free access has encouraged people to stay in touch. Forty years ago, a lot of people lost touch with friends from high school or college after they graduated. Now, more people are forging lifelong friendships. This also highlights how social media communication apps provide users with a sense of emotional connection to others, which can be particularly valuable for people who feel isolated or alone.
Cash is slowly falling by the wayside as more and more people use payment apps. Carrying cash can be cumbersome and dangerous. Often, various cash and payment apps are more convenient and also safer. Someone can steal your wallet, making it off with your physical cash, credit cards, debit cards, and more. If someone steals your phone, they probably won’t have the login credentials to get into your payment apps.
Likewise, instead of having to go to the bank to pull out money, you can simply click a few buttons and be done. Apps like Venmo are popular among friends and family because when used properly, they are safe and convenient.
There is at least one major downside to many of these apps: they often don’t support international transfers, or if they do, the transfers are expensive. Innovation is a constant, however, and the right modern international money transfer app can help keep international transfer costs low while still providing speed and convenience.
The gig economy is now a big thing. The payment apps that we discussed above help when it comes to the gig economy. The same is true for social media. Various apps now make it relatively easy to earn income on the side of your day job. Some folks even pursue gigs as full-time work.
Likewise, it’s now quite easy to “hire” someone. Go back fifty years and having a driver was something only for rich folks and movie stars. Now you can simply pull up your favorite rideshare app and within a matter of minutes your driver will arrive. As for food delivery, you’ve not got a lot more options than a pizza.
Ultimately, rideshare and food delivery apps provide users with a convenient way to get from one place to another or have food delivered to their doorstep. This convenience is especially valuable for people who don’t have access to a car or live in areas without easy access to restaurants.
Rideshare and food delivery apps are frequently more cost-effective than traditional taxi services or dining out as well. They also often offer discounts and promotions, making them even more affordable. Likewise, time is money, as they say. Rideshare and food delivery apps save users time by eliminating the need to travel to a physical location. This is especially useful for busy people who don’t have time to wait in lines or navigate traffic.
Meanwhile, rideshare and food delivery apps themselves are easy to use and require minimal effort. Users can order a ride or food with just a few taps on their phone and can track their order in real-time. Add up all the advantages of these different types of apps, and it’s easy to see why they are so popular.