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Harsh Truths The WhatsApp Blue Ticks Reveal About Today’s Relationships

Harsh Truths The WhatsApp Blue Ticks Reveal About Today’s Relationships
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In their latest update WhatsApp stepped into the now-you-can’t-ignore-my-messages roster of messaging apps by adding blue ticks to their latest update. In the thick of everyone’s plight against these tiny blue check marks at the bottom right side of your WhatsApp messages, there are some ugly truths uncovered about our modern-day relationships. Here are the four ugly truths the WhatsApp blue ticks reveal about today’s relationships:

Trust issues

In 2000, Linkin Park first released its album, Hybrid Theory. It seems like every song in this album became a hit. Most of us sang to ourselves, “It’s like I’m paranoid lookin’ over my back. It’s like a whirlwind inside of my head. It’s like I can’t stop what I’m hearing within. It’s like the face inside is right beneath my skin,” at the top of our lungs while we brushed our teeth in the morning and in the car on the way to school. The lack of response from your texting buddy sends a message. That does not necessarily mean, “Hey, baby. I’m ignoring you right now because I’m busy dating other people while you’re at work.” It can also mean, “Hey, baby. I’m sorry but there are sudden meetings scheduled at work today. I can’t really pick up my phone right now, but I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.” No matter how hard we try to deny it, we have trust issues. And if seeing the blue ticks also ticks you off every time, chances are you have it too. It may have rooted from unfavorable past relationships or parents who abandoned us as kids. Now that we have welcomed the hook-up culture, it is certainly not an easy-to-break habit.

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The Invisible Earphones We Wear

In grade school, you may have had a teacher tell you, “Listening is the key to loving.” As annoyingly cliché as it may have sounded, she was right all along. Communication used to be a two-way street. Two or more parties that talk and listen to one another equally is supposed to be mutually beneficial. As technology allows us to communicate simpler and faster, we tend to relegate, making it more challenging and frustrating. You may have friends tell you not to apologize when you do not reply on time. Sometimes, some people just do not need any form of explanation. Therefore, you should try to practice listening, even the things we don’t want to hear. This isn’t always easy. There is always another perspective when we ignore other people and their messages.

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In a Committed Relationship with My Cell Phone

“What are you doing right now?” seems to be a question you’re itching to have answered. By the end of the day, you’re worn out waiting for a reply, so you send another text. Save your time and focus your energy on another activity. When we work on the computer for most of the day with notifications constantly bombarding our screen, sometimes you wish you could take a moment to have a break from all of the noise. Instead, save your social media activity for events like music festivals, award ceremonies and sports finals. Have you ever thought to pick up the phone instead of worrying about the notifications on your WhatsApp messages? Phone calls save you time, not to mention the physical strain you put on your fingers. SMS messages can take you five to ten minutes to type and sometime to read.

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Instant Noodles, Instant Coffee, Instant Cash

Millennials are often condemned because we like immediate gratification. You might panic waiting to receive a new message or right after the blue ticks appear on your screen. In this case your relationships might stress you out too much. If your relationships stress you more than bring you joy, reconsider which relationships you should keep and which you should move away from. Relationships require work, commitment and an investment of your time. Determine which relationships are best for you and don’t let the blue ticks on WhatsApp stress you out so much. Make sure to practice patience because good things come to those who wait.

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Featured photo credit: WhatsApp, landahlauts on Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?
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Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

Does technology have all the answers?

This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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Creating technological solutions transparently

This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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Technology as the connecting tool

Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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“Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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