We live in a wonderful place and time, when it comes to technology and correspondence. Smartphones and social media allows all of us to stay in touch with the outside world 24/7 with the plethora of apps available at our fingertips.
This benefit, however, has its drawbacks, as it leaves a lot of room for passive aggression when things go south. Say, you have a fight with a lifelong friend, next thing you know she's blocking you on Facebook. Did you recently suffer a break up? You can easily block that person's number on your phone.
But here's something you may be wondering, what if the tables were turned and someone has blocked you? How can you tell?
You may be thinking you're in good standing with everyone in your life right now. But what if curiosity gets the better of you when you realize you haven't heard back from that one friend you reached out to weeks ago?
If you have an iPhone, you're in luck. You can easily determine whether your number has been blocked.
If the number you are dialing rings only once and then goes to voicemail, one of two things could be happening: Your number has been blocked or the person's phone is in a bad area or switched off.
Before jumping to conclusions, try this test. Disguise your number by going to your Settings >> Phone >> Show My Caller ID >> Off. (See photo.)
This time when you call, your number will not be visible and the phone won't block the number. If the phone still only rings once and rolls to voicemail, you might be in the clear. However, if it rings more than once or the person you're trying to reach actually picks up, better prepare yourself for an awkward conversation or a hang up.
Unfortunately as far as texting goes, there is no real way to tell if you've been blocked. On an iPhone, the text will still say "Delivered" and you won't know if there is anything amiss, unless the person you are corresponding with has selected "Send Read Receipts."
If those texts are getting "Delivered," but not "Read" like they used to be and you've noticed this pattern for a few days now, maybe it's time to reach out in one of the numerous other ways we keep in touch via social media, email or simply showing up at their house. Just be mindful of the situation, though. If you're blocked for a reason, you don't want to find yourself with a restraining order on your record.
Bonus: Check out these "10 awesome things you didn't know your phone could do."