As humans, we are instigated with an instinct of tribalism that can be shown in some strange ways – but it must take the cake.
I'm talking about iPhone users who hate Android. Those who have ever been ashamed of their "green text" bubble will understand this too well.
The big difference in the world of smartphones is between Apple's iPhone and phones that work with Google's Android software. And, on the one hand, this has led to a type of text messaging system.
The iMessage iPhone App default application works on the Internet and recognizes ID users like their iCloud account and email relay for text. The message gets a dark blue background, comes with read for reading, there is no limit to the character, and (because it is online) there is no charge.
But if the iPhone user sends text messages to a user without an iPhone, iMessage relies on the standard SMS protocol and the message appears in a less attractive bright green balloon.
Who cares? It turns out that many people.
In the last episode of the tech podcast Why did you push this button, Ashley Karman dived deep into the reprimanding world of text messaging.
It began with a story and it went like this:
She was looking for love for dating apps and hitting her with this guy. They exchanged the number, but then he continued to send messages to her through the dating app. When they met in a bar, one of the first things he said was to apologize for persistence in the dating app, and explained or rather admitted he was an Android user.
"I have an Android phone and that's why I did not tell you," he obviously told her. It turns out he was burned before.
"I told a woman before … before telling them I had an android phone and then attributed me or told me to" see you later "because they did not want to send a green balloon text," she told her she.
Is this funny? Absolutely. But for Android users in the world of iPhone lovers the curse of the green bubble is obviously real.
He is not alone. Technological writer Michael Nunez writes about how he felt compelled to buy the iPhone because he was "shame" for his green balloon, since his interest in his love was nonexistent.
Jokes or not, this text apart has become somewhat of a monster among iPhone users.
I can not believe I kissed a boy with green texts, so good that it was my act of charity for the year
– Abbey (@Iouisavontrapp) May 14, 2019
If I give you your number and a green balloon appears when you write to me, I am (at least) questioning the level of your taste. 🥴
– Sandra Jimenez (@ sjimenez333) May 16, 2019
Today my friend told me that he deliberately did not add me to a 15 + plus group chat because I would be the only green balloon with text …. #Discrimination
– Luis Sanchez (@ luis_rayados01) May 14, 2019
This seems to be a great thing among people in the US where the iPhone is particularly popular and iMessage is widely used as a default text application. In other parts of the world applications such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are more popular for group messages and people live in blessed harmony.
As noted above, SMS protocol technology is quite unstable compared to Internet-based messaging applications and offers worse user experience – the reason some Android announcers say they do not want to write with green bubbles because of misunderstandings.
This also means that Android users can not be included in bulk messages in the iPhone app, which sometimes leads to disconnected calls.
For this reason, Apple makes sense to distinguish the type of text users can know. Yet, conspiracy theories abound around the colors used by Apple – warm and attractive blue against artificial green – as if they were designed to provoke an emotional response to make users think less about iPhone owners.
Maybe they are right, and someone from Apple is an evil genius who barely touches society to boost iPhone sales.
If you've ever been sued for your Android and want to find out your torturer, it's worth listening to the podcast episode because the range of emotions people recognize as a dreadful green balloon is quite amazing.
Or, if you're looking for an excuse to hide someone, maybe you blame him in the green balloon.