If you live in Taiwan, you probably use the Chat room app called Line and you probably recognize easily the ring when you receive a message. (You might as well use Whatsapp) Have you ever heard this sound ringing repeatedly in public transports (MRT, buses, HSR…)? If you did, then you will be interested by what we discovered: what kind of people keeps loud smartphone ringtones in public transport?
Peanuts Daily’s team was in the HSR (High-Speed Railway) going south of Taiwan. While some people tried sleeping or working quietly, we could hear the Line ringtone every 20-30 seconds. We figured out where the sound was coming from: a 31-year old lady named Christie Chen. We asked her to turn the volume down and gave us an explanation why she was keeping the volume up:
I let my Line messages ring on public transports to let other people know I have friends. I want to show them I am nice and I have plenty of friends, surely more than them because their phones never ring. I am not an idiot, once I get back home I turn off the sound because there is no one around and also because I find this ringtone really annoying.
Thanks to Peanuts Daily, you now understand that people letting their Line ringtones in public transports are lonely and always need to prove things to others. Next time you hear one of those sounds, be nice and give this person a hug!
Author: Mr. Litoreagh, Michael.