I enjoyed a calm New Year's Eve dinner with my family this year, but as expected, my phone didn't experience it as such. Messages were streaming in every few minutes from friends, groups, acquaintances, and even random people I had once briefly talked to who seemed to still have my number in their contacts and were now mass-messaging their entire contacts list. The messages, as always, were coming through WhatsApp, our go-to communication platform in Lebanon.

Turns out we/they weren't the only ones. Obviously. WhatsApp has recorded over 75 billion messages sent using its service on New Year's Eve (12 AM – 11:59 PM PST on December 31).

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