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7 Things You Should Know About Your Smartphone

7 Things You Should Know About Your Smartphone

If you have your smartphone within arm’s reach most of the day, then it’s officially time for the two of you to get to know each other better. There are options – not-so-hidden options – that you probably don’t know about your smart little gadget, which is quite unfortunate, because it means that you aren’t using its full potential. Read on to find out what you may be missing out on!

Control Other Devices

This one is quite practical because it helps you get a lot of things done faster. Using various apps, the built-in infrared, or Bluetooth – all depending on your smartphone – you can control lighting in your home with ease, feed your pet, control your TV, check your motion security system, and even make yourself a cup of coffee.

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Block Contacts

Block

    This one’s an oldie but a goldie, and I was quite surprised to know how many people are not familiar with this convenient option. In most smartphone software, this option is placed in “Call Settings”, and you’ll probably be able to find it in the “Reject Calls” section. So, if you have any annoying contacts bothering you, this option will make your life a lot easier.

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    Identify Songs

    Have you ever heard a song and you were so confident that you would remember the lyrics or the melody at least, and then you forgot all about it it in a matter of minutes? Well, I believe we’re all happy that this annoying problem can now go away. No matter which smartphone OS you prefer – Android, iOS, or Windows – there are Shazam, Siri, and Cortana to assist you when figuring out the name of your potential new favorite song.

    Monitor Heart Health

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    Heart

      Most people expect to get certain popular features with their new smartphone. Unfortunately, not a lot of smartphone users out there have their health in mind. However, you should know that you can monitor your heart rate with ease using a built-in option or a smartphone app, depending on the platform and model you’re using.

      Translate Easily

      Other than the obvious way – using dictionary apps – there are two new and quite interesting ways to translate foreign languages with no trouble whatsoever. Google Translate can now translate signs via camera thanks to the World Lens’ technology. On the other hand, there are apps that can translate entire sentences into another language – all you need to do is make a voice recording. After that, kick back, and let them do all the work.

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      Turn Your Phone Into A Console

      Gaming

        Unfortunately, Windows Phone users are currently excluded from this trend, but Android and iOS enthusiast have a lot to look forward to. Thanks to PhoneJoy technology, you can now turn your smartphone into a gaming console and enjoy over 400 games. I bet gamers worldwide are really psyched about this option.

        Digitalize Documents

        Having some sort of text on a piece of paper that you needed transferred into digital form used to be a real drag because of the time necessary to retype and format the whole thing, but that’s all a thing of the past now. Each of the most popular smartphone platforms has their own app for this. By using Genius Scan or CamScanner, you can transfer any type of document into a digital format in a matter of seconds.

        These aren’t all of the hidden conveniences you’ll find within your device – they’re just some of the many smartphone options I found interesting and very handy. If you take your time and do some research about your own smartphone, I’m sure you’ll be surprised by just what it can do for you.

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        Last Updated on December 2, 2020

        7 Reasons Why Quitting Facebook Now Is Good for Your Future

        7 Reasons Why Quitting Facebook Now Is Good for Your Future

        For the past 100 years or so, there have been huge improvements in communication. From letters to phone calls to text messages to video calls to social networks. Following all these improvements, one of the biggest inventions of the 21st century was founded in 2004[1], and it started to spread like wildfire, first in the US and then around the world. Now, quitting Facebook has become nearly unheard of.

        There are more than 1 billion monthly active Facebook users. Although initially it aimed to bring all people together for the sake of connecting, the effects of Facebook on masses became a huge debate after it gained so much popularity, with some even suggesting you deactivate your account.

        The advantages of social media and its ability to connect us to people around the world are well known. Now, it’s time to dive into the ways Facebook affects your productivity and why you should ultimately consider quitting Facebook.

        1. Facebook Allows You to Waste Time

        While being on Facebook and scrolling through the news feed, many active users are not aware of the time they actually spend on viewing others’ life events or messaging with Facebook messenger. It has become so addictive that many even feel obliged to like or comment on anything that is shared.

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        You might think of the time spent on Facebook as your free time, though you are not aware that you can spend the same time taking care of yourself, learning something new, or doing your daily tasks.

        2. It Can Decrease Motivation

        By seeing someone else’s continuous posts about the parties they went to or friends they see frequently, you might feel insecure about yourself if your own posts are not as impressive as the ones in your news feed.

        However, there is rarely such a thing as going out every day or having amazing vacations every year. Unfortunately, though, we internalize the posts we see and create a picture in our minds of how others are living.

        One study found that “participants who used Facebook most often had poorer trait self-esteem, and this was mediated by greater exposure to upward social comparisons on social media”[2].

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        Basically, when we see posts depicting lives we consider “better” than ours, our self-esteem takes a hit. As many of us are doing this for hours at a time, you can imagine the toll it’s taking on our mental health. Therefore, if you want to raise your self-esteem, quitting Facebook may be a good idea.

        3. You Use Energy on People You Don’t Care About

        Look at the number of friends you have on Facebook. How many of them are really good friends? How many of the friend requests you get are real people or your actual acquaintances?

        You have to admit that you have people on Facebook who are not related to you and some you barely know, but who still comments on their photos or offer a like now and again. Basically, instead of offering your time and energy to the genuinely rewarding relationships in your life, you’re spending it on people you don’t really care about.

        4. Facebook Feeds You Useless Information

        It is one thing to read newspapers or magazines in order to get information, but it is an entirely different thing to be faced with false news, trends, and celebrity updates through continuous posts. I bet one of the things that you will not miss after quitting Facebook is the bombardment of information that seems to have no effect on your life whatsoever.

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        5. It Damages Your Communication Skills

        When is the last time you actually hung out in real life with your friends, relatives, or colleagues? Because of the social media that is supposed to help us communicate, we forget about real communication, and therefore, have difficulties communicating effectively in real life. This negatively affects our relationships at home, work, or in our social circles.

        6. You Get Manipulated

        One of the biggest problems of Facebook is its influence on people’s creativity. Although it is assumed to be a free social media site, which let’s you to share almost anything you want, you have this tendency to want to get more likes[3].

        In order to get more likes, you must work very hard on your shared posts, trying to make it funny, creative, or clever, while you could spend the same time doing something that genuinely improves your creativity. After quitting Facebook, you’ll be amazed at all the creative hobbies you have time to develop.

        7. It Takes Over Your Life

        The marketing strategy of Facebook is quite clear. Its creators want you to spend as much time as possible on the site. While working on their posts and choosing which pictures to share, many people actually try to be someone else. This often means they end up being isolated from the real world and their true selves.

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        It is possible to put the same time and energy toward becoming a better version of yourself instead of faking it. Why not try it by quitting Facebook?

        Final Thoughts

        There are many reasons to try quitting Facebook. By knowing how it may be impacting your productivity and mental health, you can search for motivation to get off social media and back into your real life.

        These points will guide you in seeing what your life would be like if you were to delete your account. Leaving Facebook doesn’t sound so bad after all, does it?

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        Reference

        [1] The Guardian: A brief history of Facebook
        [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
        [3] Better by Today: Do Facebook ‘Likes’ Mean You’re Liked?

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