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why??????? How can you give your phone number to every random stranger on Italki for the sake of Whatsapp language groups and stuff? It IS very dangerous. People can start to call you and disturb you - they can find out your location and then there's no easy way out of the situation! Phone number is one of your most sensitive personal information - unique to you. Why do you do this? It is dangerous!!! Oh my God, just think about it!

May 12, 2018 5:50 PM
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Never give out your phone number or any social media contacts to random people here unless you know them well, I have made that mistake and have borne the brunt of it. I was getting texts and random calls in the middle of the night like from India, Egypt and so on! Skype itself is a great platform to have language groups and to keep contacts. Asking for any other contacts like phone numbers, social media etc should be discouraged. 
May 12, 2018


Why do you think is there someone with such free time and energy to call your number and disturb you? You cannot confine yourself at home because there is a danger of accident out of home. This is the rule of this absurd world! There are always dangers, but until you're alive you have to confront them. Actually I believe virtual space is safer than real world! Anyway you can block anyone you want (actually you don't want!) at the phone, I think...

May 12, 2018

I don't even associate my phone number with my work anymore. I used to put my phone number on advertisements and such, but I would get phone calls at all hours of the day. I once had someone call me in the middle of the night.

Some people nowadays expect people to be "on" at all times. I have a friend whose boss would text him at all times. I asked him if he could put his phone away while we were hanging out and he said that his boss would get mad at him if he didn't respond immediately.

I used to have a journalism job where my boss would text me anytime she wanted, and give me assignments even when I wasn't working. At one point, I was on vacation and she texted me and asked me to write an article—for the next day. That was the moment I knew I had to quit. (There were other reasons, but that was the final straw.)

I've been thinking of getting a second phone number just for work that I would turn off after my workday is over. That's the only way I would give out my phone number for work reasons. I find it strange that people think you're not fully committed to your job if you don't dedicate some of your private time to it. I'm fully committed to my job but equally committed to my free time.

May 12, 2018
I don’t even know what WhatsApp is and I couldn’t care less about it. I’d never brother with it. It’s another invention out of Silicon Valley California, just like that stupid Facebook site, a worthless invention, designed to make its creators billions of dollars, no matter what harm it causes people. How do you think they wound up with all that money? Doing good?
May 12, 2018

Sara, I don’t share my private phone number either. I also refused to take lessons with a teacher on WhatsApp. I reserve this App for friends and family, to share photos, text and make calls when abroad.

I think that those people who easily give their number, are people who often change their phone provider and their number, so they do not care. 

May 12, 2018
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