Hoy por la mañana estuve conversando a través de open talk con un chico de la india el cual empezó la conversación preguntándome acerca de cuáles eran mis hobbies, le comenté que me encanta la música ya que soy músico, me encanta tocar el piano y la batería, además otro hobbie muy presente en mi vida es jugar al fútbol soccer, me fascina este maravilloso deporte que une naciones, razas, colores, culturas y demás, pienso que este es un deporte que permite que aún no haya necesidad de un idioma para entendernos o hacer saber algo a otros, le conté también que me encanta jugar en mi consola de Xbox el juego de fifa y compartir la noche jugando con mi esposa o amigos, me parece un maravilloso plan para estar en casa, a veces práctico otros juegos en línea y también conozco gente de otras partes pero lo que mas me gusta hacer es jugar al fifa, me encantan sus gráficos, sus colores y la manera peculiar como fueron diseñados los jugadores, es casi real y sobretodo porque mi TV es de ultima tecnología jlo que ayuda mucho a que nos metamos en el juego, el chico de la india me estuvo contando que en su país el fútbol no es un deporte muy seguido, ni de jugadores famosos, de hecho me habló que en un mundial no participaron o en un partido porque los jugadores por temas de religión o creencias querian jugar descalzos y nos les fué permitido por la FIFA, sin embargo me estuvo diciendo que en la india juegan mucho el deporte Cricket, ese deporte se juega casi nunca en mi país, pero el me contaba que la gente en la india le apasiona el cricket de hecho habían campeonatos de Cricket, el forma parte de un equipo en su pueblo, me invitó a ver juegos de cricket en TV, según el son muy interesantes y emocionantes, me preguntó por mi jugador de fútbol favorito le dije que tenía dos jugadores de fútbol favoritos que son Cristiano Ronaldo y James Rodríguez porque este último nació en mi país Colombia.
Every culture, besides some other things, has its own distinct set of customs, traditions, and etiquettes. In fact, one of the principal distinguishing features between one nation and one tribe and another has been its distinct set of customs, traditions, and etiquettes.
Since I was a little kid, my dad always taught my siblings and me basic manners on the table, and one of them which we still use is, ‘fork and knife ‘which means NEVER USE YOUR HANDS. One of my favourite topics to talk about with my Opentalk friends is “food” because one of the things I enjoy the most is cooking for my loved ones. So I was told by my South Indian friend that here, you shouldn’t even touch the plate with your left hand while eating.
That’s mostly because the left hand is associated with bodily functions, so it’s considered to be dirty. In fact, she told me they don’t even pass essential documents with your left hand.
I was curious, so I asked her, What if someone is a lefty? Then it’s okay to use your left hand as long as you take your right side out of the game. So I thought that was only in India but she told me is also like that in the middle east and some parts of Africa and for me is so amazing how the same act can be considered exceptional or wrong. For example, the opposite of this is what happens in Chile and is that they don’t even eat fries with their hands so as a conclusion it all depends on where you are from.
So one of the benefits of using this app is that I get the chance to know basic stuff of every country, and that is going to be more useful for me in the future because if I go there, I won’t be doing something that is considered bad manners. Thanks to Opentalk, for introducing me to such people every day!
When I use Opentalk, most people ask me about my social media handles. But being honest ever since I started using Opentalk most of the time I spend is using my cell phone for using this app so for me there is no point on having more friends on my social media accounts as I am not as active as before.
However when I first started using Opentalk I was not aware of the reconnect option, so I gave my social media to some people, and you know what that is such a shame because we don’t talk anymore, maybe because texting is not as fun as telling, at least not for me. So I decided not to share my social media information anymore.
I did not want to end up with a massive list of friends that I don’t even talk to, and that was until the day I spoke to a friend from South Africa, he was really into the app and the features this app has to offer.
So all we did during 20 minutes was talking about the fun he is having by being an Opentalker, and then since I had to go. I needed to run some errands, so I told him that was a pleasure and that I wished there was a way for us to talk thru the app and that is when I received the great news. He explained to me, and we had to extend the call because I had so many questions about this feature!
So if you ask me what is the best about that? The part where there is no place for harassment as if you send the request to someone you’ll have to wait for them to call you! I hope you guys enjoy this feature as much as I do.
Almost everyone encounters a difficult person now and then in personal and professional life. The best defense against conflict in such a situation is to be prepared for interacting with difficult individuals.
1. Be honest and direct.
State your concern from your perspective, for example:
- I have a hard time concentrating when …
- I can’t meet my deadlines if …
- It’s hard for me to be positive when …
2. Listen carefully.
- Listen to what the other person is saying instead of getting ready to react.
- Avoid interrupting the other person.
- After the other person finishes speaking, rephrase what was said to make sure you understand it.
3. Avoid blaming.
Focus on the facts. Finding fault can prevent problem-solving.
4. Stay focused.
- Discuss particulars; avoid generalizing.
- Avoid getting sidetracked into discussing other problems.
- Keep bringing the conversation back to the concern you’ve stated.
5. Say less.
After you state the problem, allow silence until the other person responds.
With Social media you never know whether it is safe or not, if you see the news there are lots of bad things happening to people because of irresponsible social media usage. So What you think is not safe to talk to people you don’t know, and most of the people only accept the request of people they know.
When I first heard about Opentalk I was a little concerned, so I started to read about the app on their website and something I found in there got my attention “We are creating an open network (no network) where people can talk to anybody openly (without bias)” what is the meaning of this? How come can Opentalk be a network but at the same time not?
I was full of questions, so I decided to start using the app, I told myself, ‘ok this is the only way I can know and figure out the meaning of what I saw on the website,’ and during my first calls I always asked my Opentalk friends about it, I was still asking them if they feel safe and you know what? They all said YES! And they have valid reasons the most popular were:
1. The only information about yourself they see on your “Profile” is about languages, education and what you like and that is if you added that info.
2. Reconnect: My favorite feature of this app and KUDOS for the guy or girl who had this fantastic idea, this feature is that well designed that there is no space for harassment or any of that
3. You are talking to students, right? They don’t have time to waste so believe me if they are using this app it is because they are taking something useful from it and with that I mean they are learning a lot.
To finish I would like to answer the question “is it safe” and it is a YES!
-Yindy Marquez, Philippines