I’ve seen quite a few people talking about switching from WhatsApp to Signal. This seems to be driven by privacy concerns about what WhatsApp is doing with their data.
While the real story is not as clear-cut, WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, and Facebook is a massive hoover of your data.
So I understand people’s concerns.
But switching from one messaging platform to another is something that’s fraught with problems, the biggest one being that people never make a switch, but instead, they end up adding another messaging app to their phone.
Another messaging app means more notifications. More distractions. More precious time you’re spending looking at your phone.
And if you end up just adding another messaging app alongside WhatsApp, you’re not really doing anything to improve your privacy.
If you want to make the switch, here are the steps I suggest you take:
* Tell your contacts that you are switching to the new service* Give your contacts a date from which you’ll no longer be available on the old service* On that date, make the switch
Technology can bring people together, and it has been a lifeline for people during lockdowns and shielding.
But tech, especially social media, can also become isolating, disconnecting us from the real world around us.
We can be so focused on the next like or post on Facebook or Instagram that we don’t take the time to take in the people, pets, and the wider world around us.
I’ve been working with tech for almost 30 years, and I know well just how addictive it can be.
I don’t believe that using tech and social media is wrong, but it’s good to have a clear idea of what we are searching for.
This is why I’m excited about my STOP THE SCROLL challenge, where I’ll be sharing both simple yoga and simple tech tips at the start of February!
I’ll be going live each day at 1pm with 10 mins of simple yoga, top tech tips and Q&A.
And if you miss the live, you can find it afterwards on YouTube (or in the Virtual Vault if you’re a subscriber).
Stop the Scroll is a free 5-day event and starts 1st February. Get your name on the list for reminders here: https://bit.ly/2LakhVn