Woman divides TikTok by sleeping with her phone off silent

An Aussie entrepreneur has shocked fans after confessing she doesn’t put her phone on silent each night out of fear she’ll sleep through an emergency.

Aussie activewear label entrepreneur Brittney Saunders has sparked debate on social media after confessing she doesn’t put her phone on silent each night out of fear she’ll sleep through an emergency.

The 29-year-old took to her Instagram this week after thousands of people admitted to sleeping with their phones on silent in response to a viral tweet – asking her 604,000 followers how they could rest at night knowing a loved one could try to contact them and go unanswered.

“How would you ever forgive yourself if someone was trying to contact you in an emergency and couldn’t,” Ms Saunders said.

“I just think I couldn’t not have my phone on loud – what if there was an emergency, if I was someone’s lifeline?”

People responding to both the original Twitter thread (which drummed up over 156,000 likes) and Ms Saunders’ declaration were a bit less generous in their desire to preserve their sleep each night.

“If you have an emergency, call the police,” one woman wrote. “If you don’t need to call triple-0 then there is no way you to need to be calling me.”

“Better survive until I open my eyes,” joked another.

“This is the biggest BS I’ve ever heard,” one man commented.

“Do you know how many notifications we get 24/7? I don’t have children and in regards to my friends and family there are 10 people they should be calling before they get to me. Let me sleep and I will see you tomorrow.”

Ms Saunders described those who said that it wasn’t a problem they had to deal with until they woke up the next day as “downright ruthless” and “absolute savages”.

“I couldn’t live with myself. Literally imagine missing the calls if it was life-threatening – I simply couldn’t live with myself,” she said.

She added that as a business owner, she also has to have her “phone on loud”.

“It’s one of the perks of employing a lot of people – there is a chance someone is going to ring you in the morning,” she said.

Ms Saunders eventually conceded that putting your phone on “do not disturb” – meaning you can select certain contacts not to mute – wasn’t as bad as turning the volume off all together.

“I didn’t even know that was a thing – if you do want your phone on silent please put that setting on so that the important people can contact you if need be,” she said.

“But if you are one of those people who have it on silent for everyone – think about that.”

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