Please please. Just because you have someone’s mobile or cellphone does not mean you have to call them anytime.
Some of us remain logged in 24 by 7 in case of emergency. At 2am my time you video call because you just saw me post something. My editor at The Insider tends to be in the field a lot and usually calls my landline if there is a breaking story so I can crawl out of bed and grab a laptop. He does not even video call me.
When a family member is sick, my sister only calls me daytime my time unless there is someone dying. She also does not video call.
What posesses casual friends and strangers to video call me when I am in bed? I have been polite recently and tell people the time difference or the fact that I hate chatting and video calls which are not pre-arranged. Seriously at 2am, 3 or 4am you think Canada is in Uganda? Stop this insanity.
This might sound useless to you but not so useless to others.
Knowing Time Zones is very important. The main reason for it is you need to be able to convert the time from where you are to where the other person is. This will save you from some errors (which you might think are minute) and might get you that job or that help you need.
Ugandans have a habit of calling people as soon as they wake up or sending them messages and then getting annoyed for not being answered promptly.
On the image above, look for London UK. It is about the middle of the picture. That is the Great Meridian Time (GMT). You have to use this is as your bearing. Then move to the left of it and it shows how many hours are negative, meaning these people are likely sleeping when you are awake the more bars to the left the more likely.
Then move to the right, they are positive meaning they are awake before you (think China and Japan). Each bar is an hour.
For example California is at Midnight when Uganda is at 10am.
Picture this, you are waiting for an interview via Skype. The line rings. You say “Good Evening madam”. You are in Uganda, it is 7pm your time. The interviewer is in Seattle and the time there is 9am. Do you see how this will work out? You are at evening time and the interviewer is morning time.
Stick to “Hello, how are you?”.
The other thing is many of us on social media leave our accounts logged in and our phones on full volume in case there is an emergency from home. Please use inboxing and beeping discreetly because that too wakes up people.
The other thing is seeing someone online and assuming they are there for you to say “hia, hz dea”.
In the olden days, we were never allowed to call anyone past 8pm or earlier than 9am. Social media needs to be treated as the good old phone. Do not call people at 3am your time just because you are awake. You should not also call them in their night time when they are sleeping.
The original article for this is at http://nangalama.blogspot.ca/2015/04/world-time-zones-for-uganda.html
Information you could use!
Martha Leah Nangalama
Moncton, Canada is 7hrs behind Uganda and then sometimes 6hrs behind. Canada has 6 timezones.