Who writes those forwards I get on WhatsApp


WhatsAppIf you are a user of WhatsApp, you are no doubt getting an endless supply of jokes. Pretty much everyone I know is using WhatsApp. We are getting to read several jokes a day. If you are part of multiple WhatsApp groups you will observe that the good jokes will show up within a matter of minutes in different groups. Office colleagues will send you the same joke that you just read in your college WhatsApp group. The jokes are environment friendly too. They get recycled with great frequency. There are a few that I remember hearing with regular frequency every few months.

My problem is that I cannot remember if I have read the joke until I reach the punchline. It is only then resentment rises at the person who sent the joke that I have been receiving over the years. I sometimes believe that sending WhatsApp jokes to each other is a way of dealing with the future. That future when robots will do all our work leaving us jobless. Will we spend all our waking hours reading recycled jokes? Think of the kind of jobs we can create.

First of all, there will be a huge amount of jobs for people who can tell jokes. Maybe there will be writers who specialize in jokes about office humor. Some who can write about funny situations involving a wife and mother-in-law. There will certainly be some who find humor in stereotypes. Who will employ these writers?

Rascal Rusty is a friend who knows everything about everything. He told me that these jokes are created by a team of writers that are employed by the telecom companies. With people using WhatsApp to make free calls, the telecom giants had to resort to creative ways in which they could recover the lost revenue. Is that even true? I have a sneaky feeling that Rusty facilitated these workshops.

The companies that employ this army of joke writers will also need Sales people to ensure that each joke gets forwarded. Rusty explained to me that the return on investment of a joke is calculated by counting the number of times one joke gets forwarded to multiple groups. I am sure that my uncle will be the most sought after sales person. He forwards every joke he receives. Sometimes he forwards the joke even before he has read it. Why do you do that, I had once asked him. “What if I forget to forward it? I am getting old.” That explains why you forward my jokes back to me. That must be his version of running the Joy of Giving.

If in future we are rendered unemployable because of technology, remember there are two jobs reserved for each one. WhatsApp writers and forwarder. If you think writing jokes is not your forte, you can take up the Sales job. Apply for it by forwarding this.


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  1. PradeepJ says:

    Future of human robots.. nicely explained, I always had wondered who used to write and why forwarding on Whatsapp is such a complulsion. Now, I have an answer.

  2. Aah..those mystery writers..finally we know!

  3. Hahahaha…I am going to do the usual – forward this 🙂

  4. Hanumant Talwar says:

    Dear Abhijit, trust you are doing well? Very well expressed and articulated fact of life and we suckers keep further forwarding it to all groups… it is simply adding to the revenue of telcos on data usage… we all assume it’s Whatsapp is free but forget the data usage…as always thanks for spreading the awareness. Tussi great ho!

  5. Sangeeta Roy says:

    I have an Uncle who does the same thing ! Maybe, he’s a common Uncle 🙂

  6. Nice blog !!! Awesome posts & informations, i had Liked Your Blog & way Of Writing/ Composing The Posts In Your Blog,Share More Informations Through Your Blog,Keep Going On And All The Best

  7. Hanumant
    Maybe we are all practising our skills for the day when Machines will render us jobless

  8. If this behavior is what we should go by, we are all closely related.

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