Mass adaptation of the smartphone has really only taken place over the last 10 years, but now that they have become an everyday part of our lives, it is almost impossible to imagine how we could have lived without them. But remarkably, there really was a time when we had to meet the everyday challenges of life without one. Here are 10 ways in which smartphones have made our lives better.
10. You Never Have to Worry About Getting Lost
Back in the “old days,” when you traveled, you needed to bring along a map or even stop at a gas station to ask for directions. But thanks to GPS on our smartphones, navigating has never been easier. In fact, the ability to download individual city maps means we know exactly where we are in real-time and can figure out how to reach our destination, even if it is in the boondocks.
9. Healthy Habits
Want to develop better eating habits? Looking to track the distance you walk, including time and calories burned? Seeking a fitness plan that works best for you? You can find a variety of smart phone apps that can help you reach your weight loss goals or just maintain your healthy, active lifestyle.
8. Boredom Has Gone Out the Window
Before smart phones, when waiting at the doctor’s office, DMV or for your friends to show up, your only options, respectively, were to read boring, outdated issues of Better Homes & Gardens, count the cracks in the ceiling or pace around while constantly checking your watch. But with smartphones, your entertainment choices are virtually infinite. You can kill time by playing addictive games, watching movies and read articles from your favorite websites. Heck, as you are watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones on your smart phone, sometimes you practically pray that the doctor will be another 60 minutes late to see you!
7. Every Random Question and Argument Can Be Solved in Seconds
Know that the capital of Vermont is Montpelier but your know-it-all friend is 100% certain that it is Burlington? Unless you carried around a stack of encyclopedias with you everywhere back in 1996, there was no way to settle any of these arguments. But thanks to your smartphone, you can use Google to prove that you’re right and rub it in your friend’s face! Do you hear a song at a cafe and it’s driving you nuts that you can’t figure out the name? Apps such as Shazam can end this mystery instantly!