How to use WhatsApp responsably

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IM applications have revolutionized communication between people and their rise has reached such a dimension and so quickly, that is ahead of our ability to determine their proper use.

There are many applications that allow us instant messaging, but the most successful nowadays is WhatsApp, even to his name with the word Guasapear or Whastappear have spoken..

The phenomenon is so new that there are hardly any serious studies that have determined the possible harmful consequences of its continued use.

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The benefits for its low cost, immediacy, group interaction and maintaining relationships make these tools very useful and attractive for communication between people.

But therapy is increasingly seeing that are emerging problems associated with their abuse, especially in relationships. It is necessary a review of these tools by professionals, in order to be able to establish educational guidelines on the prevention of addictive behaviors and interrelational conflict.

Do not misunderstand, do not argue. Shallow conversations.

This tool is great for short, immediate, and as a way to keep in touch with people without making too much effort messaging. But it is important to note that as a means of communication it has obvious limitations related to the lack of nonverbal communication.

Some studies show that when people communicate in the verbal content it only represents about 10% of the impact of the message leaving a 50% non-verbal communication and another 40% to the key members accompanying message (paraverbal communication) . If we consider that in our messages the elements that represent “how” we communicate are emoticons or capitalization, the chances of “mistakes” in the interpretation of the message are very high, especially if we found in altered emotional states or situations of conflict.

Therefore, in the times when you want to address an important issue of some significance for the relationship we have with the person to contact, the messages should be restricted to approach a conversation in person whenever possible.

A reasonable number of connections

There is no specific number or any reference that allows us to establish a proper limit for everyone, and we each have our particular circumstances of use. Now, when we realize that we are constantly alert to the mobile, we review it all the time so we start worrying about the dependence generated.

It is curious to observe how the number of zombies are increasing alarmingly in the streets… people who are able to walk without looking ahead, with his hands while writing while they smile, cry or worry without ever bumping into anything (usually). It seems as though these people could not miss a second communication, since for them only walk is to move. With the intention of leaving this alienated state, you should not write walking, lifting his head to watch the road and people, allowing a break of connection and focus on external stimuli and sensations.

Whatsapp use during personal interactions

With the use of the technologies we are used to maintain our relations “virtually”. We must not forget that the essence of social relations is in the live matches live, where we can capture all the richness of the messages of others and allowing us to enjoy the emotional connection through mirror neurons.

If in general we find it difficult to encourage in-person meetings, it is desirable leave aside the constant reviewing of our mobile phone. This does not mean we have to turn off the phone every time we meet with others, but it is true that to pay attention to the conversation and convey to the other person that we are talking with, it may be advisable to keep the phone silent.

How to configurate your privacy on WhatsApp

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It is very important to keep all our social networks proper configuration of the different privacy options. We must choose what we want to people to see of our states, our pictures and our connections. WhatsApp is a program used by a great number of people, which means that an incorrect setting may allow third parties to spy on us without us knowing.

In the latest versions of WhatsApp they have been added 3 privacy options in great demand by users. The first one to hide our last connection (possible appearance until now only third-party applications), the second allows us to hide our image from state to unwanted people and the third one allows us to hide our state sentence.

To access these privacy options we must follow these steps:

Once in WhatsApp select the option “Settings” to enter the program settings.

Once the configuration will press on “Account Info”.

And there select the option “Privacy”. Then we will see a window similar to the following.

Here are the different privacy options to choose and configure according to our needs. As we can see, we have three different sections:

  • Last time (last connection)
  • Profile picture
  • State

Each of these options can configure them individually according to 3 factors:

  • All (allows everyone to see)
  • My Contacts (Allows only numbers that are stored in the phonebook can see them)
  • Nobody (Nobody can see it, not outsiders or contacts)

We set this function according to our needs. A good configuration will block the view of our photograph to everybody but your contacts, let everyone see our state and the view of last connection depending on whether we want to let others know when we connect or not. We should note that, for example, if we block our last connection we can not see the latest connections others.

With this we can already have our a little more privacy on our WhatsApp.

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How to see my WhatsApp statistics.

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WhatsApp has definitely been the application that has killed the business of SMS for operators, a business  that despite charging 15 cents per message did not cost a penny to the operators and that.

To calculate the expense that we have saved in messages, WhatsApp has a counter of sent and received messages and the number of bytes of traffic generated by messages with multimedia content that we have sent and received.

To view the statistics you need first of all to open the settings menu of our WhatsApp client and there select “Account Info”.

Once in the Settings windows, select the option “Use Network”.

And here we summarize all our activity WhatsApp appears.

As we can see, the different categories that are available are:

  • Sent messages.
  • Received messages
  • Media Bytes Sent
  • Media Bytes Received
  • Message Bytes Sent
  • Bytes received message
  • Total sent bytes.
  • Total received bytes.

At the end of the list we see an additional option called “Reset Statistics”. This option will allow us to reset all statistics to zero and repost from the beginning all the use we make of WhatsApp, useful, for example, to keep track of our instant messaging client.

This function does not have much practical use, but it is quite curious and lets us know how we use WhatsApp and how “hooked” we are in this instant messaging client for smartphones that has managed to replace the habitual use of SMS and allowing a much cheaper and faster communication merely by creating an internet via.

How to send multimedia content in WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp is a instant messaging client very useful to communicate with our contacts easily and free of charge (except subscription service which is approximately one euro per year). Although its primary function is to communicate through texting, WhatsApp also send other types of media as could be photographs, videos and audio, among others.

Sending this multimedia content is free and it comes within the subscription service. To send content must open a chat conversation, whether a private chat as a group, and click on the paper clip icon that appears at the top of the window.

You can send multimedia the following content.

  • Gallery: We select an image stored on your device.
  • Photo: It allows us to open the camera and take a picture to send it automatically.
  • Video: It allows us to send a pre-recorded and stored video via WhatsApp.
  • Audio: It allows us to send music through the messaging client.

We can also send other useful content on many occasions as:

Location: Send the coordinates of our exact location to share with our contact.
Contact: You can send a person the tab of a contact on our agenda to avoid having to copy and paste this number.

Clicking on the option we want the content in question is automatically sent to the recipient, who will receive it as soon as it is connected. If we turned off the option of receiving multimedia content on our device automatically we will see an icon with a download button.  If you click on it and the image, video or audio in question will be downloaded to your device for viewing.

We must be careful not to abuse the sending multimedia content and there may be people who do not want to receive it on their devices and can not feel it right.

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