Smartphone is a big component of every Hong Kong resident’s life, and that’s no exception for a Hong Kong girl.
They spend so much time and fortune in making their phone look better and prettier, texting their friends and dates, and taking flawless pictures. All these habits might be standard to everyone, but when it comes to Hong Kong girls’ smartphone habits, there are small details and little tricks that vary from what you think are normal.
Top 10 smartphone habits of Hong Kong girls:
1. To Attract Stares
Get a extravagant smartphone case embedded with studs, sequins, beads or Swarovski stones, so that when the girl take the phone out from their purse at a packed MTR compartment, she gets everyone’s head-turns.
2.To Save Time
Walking and texting are done at the same time, even though the girl is wearing a pair of 6-inch high heels. Even if she is late for a meeting, she wouldn’t mind slowing down the walking speed a bit and make a message of “I’m late for 5 minutes, sorry” (it means she’s late for 20 minutes).
3. To Protect the Soft Hands
A normal person type text messages or emails using the thumbs, but a Hong Kong girl “tip” messages with index fingers in a delicate and gentle manner (see the image above*). Girls need to take greater care when making text messages if they have made special manicure on their nails.
4. To Keep Pretty Online
When a Hong Kong girl makes self-portrait picture of herself, she looks at the photo for 50 times before picking the best one to post on their Facebook, Weibo or WeChat profile.
5. To Copy and Paste the Winning Look
When it comes to asking others to take pictures of Hong Kong girls and their friend, the person taking photos would be asked to take at least 3 more while the Hong Kong girls would make different cute poses but with exactly the same “signature smile” and that “side look on the face” because they have practiced this winning look 100 times in front of the mirror.
6. To Create Flawless Pictures
After a good picture is taken, editing it on photo-retouching applications is a must. Those applications can take away pimples, brighten your skin, wipe away dark circles on the eyes – more efficient than buying expensive skincare or makeup products.
7. To Kill Time
Watching the entire episode of a tear-provoking Korean TV drama or teenage love Taiwanese drama on the smartphone when commuting between home and work (or school) is common. Sometimes, tears might drop out from their eyes after the MTR arrives at the destination station.
8. To Save Time for Washroom
When the screen is off, the monitor’s reflection feature can be served as a mirror.
9. To Stay Notified
Endless texting through day and night. But since it consumes battery, Hong Kong girls would carry a portable battery charger to charge their smartphone when they’re out for dinners or drinks. You can’t miss any important messages, you know.
10. To Avoid Confrontations
Change lock-screen password regularly, for security reasons. The more complicated the password the better, so that there won’t be any questions nor explanations.
Excessive beauty product advertisements and media’s emphasis on how women should make use of their assets of a beautiful face have caused Hong Kong girls wanting to look and feel pretty at all times, even when they’re just using their phone. As long as they’re in public, every little movement and gestures of the girl would be seen by others.
Girls in Hong Kong seem to embrace the idea of “looking cute” when doing little things in their life, hence the Hello Kitty iPhone case, glittering frame for photos to be posted online, tipping the screen using index fingers instead of thumbs and retouching the face of 50 different photos before posting them online. All these could demonstrate that the girl is vulnerable, delicate and feminine – straits that the Hong Kong and Chinese culture imply women to pursue, and these are also the straits that guys in general like.
* That’s me but I can’t wear any manicure, my nails are terrible.