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Know Your Gadgets: 10 Surprising Smartphone Fun Facts

Know Your Gadgets: 10 Surprising Smartphone Fun Facts

How much do you really know your smartphone? The fact is that you use it on a daily basis and that, ninety percent of the time, your smart little gadget is at your fingertips, so you should at least be a bit curious about its history. Check out the following ten fun smartphone facts – I’m sure that you’ll find them rather surprising.

Cell phones used to be a privilege

When they first appeared, the ancestors of smartphones were quite pricey – the very first one cost $3,995, so you had to be rich to get it. Also, they were very heavy and large; you had to have a very large and durable pocket to fit a two pound (almost one kilogram) cell phone that was the size of a brick.

Are you worried about your identity?

Statistics show that the number one concern people have after losing their smartphone is that someone will steal their identity. When using banking services on your smartphone, a lot of very important information is stored in these little gadgets, so it’s definitely a possibility. That is why over seventy percent of smartphone users refuse to manage their bank accounts via their smartphone.

Your age determines your smartphone usage

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    If you’re anywhere between eighteen and twenty eight, you’re probably setting up all your social meetings using your smartphone – at least, that’s what the statistics say. Also, your smartphone is probably your finest tool when it comes to settling an argument by looking up some info – over 60 percent of people this age will do the same.

    The UK is crazy about their smartphones

    Amazingly, there’s over 43 million smartphone users in the UK alone. Over twenty percent of them openly admit they are highly addicted to their phone, so speed, data usage and mobile network reliability are quite important to them. A fun thing is that they answer their phone whenever it rings, and they don’t have any issues with answering it while in the bathroom.

    How much do you text?

    The first text ever was sent in December 1992 by a 22-year old engineer named Nail Papworth and its contents were “Happy Christmas.” So actually, texts have been a part of our social life for over two decades and since then, we came up with a texting language used worldwide. Did you know that OMG was used by a British Navy Admiral, John Fisher?

    “I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the taps – O.M.G. (Oh! My God) – Shower it on the Admiralty!”

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    It’s a matter of life and smartphones!

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      Over sixty percent of iPhone users say that they would rather die than give up their precious phone. These statistics get even weirder – forty percent of them would give up coffee first, and eighteen percent would prefer to stop bathing every day. Makes you wonder, right?

      You can’t spell smartphone without smart

      According to a study conducted by StudyBlue, smartphones are really helpful when it comes to achieving academic success. First of all, you can study while you’re on the go without having to carry a bunch of books with you. Their study also showed that people who own smartphones and use them for studying are getting more sleep because they are generally pulling less all-nighters, and they usually study after 6 a.m.

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      Let’s talk apps

      Games are currently the most popular category of smartphone apps – sixty four percent of smartphone users play games on a daily basis and statistics show that people spend about eight hours a month on smartphone gaming, during which they spend most of the time in bed. The second place category is weather apps, and – believe it or not – social apps come third. After these three, smartphone users are also fond of maps, music and news apps.

      How about making purchases via smartphone?

      According to the state of things, the future is all about smartphones – even regular shopping is becoming a thing of the past. Google was the first one to go mobile-friendly in 2010, which was obviously a great business decision. Did you know that eBay sells an item every two seconds via a smartphone? You should also be aware of the fact that not only small and semi-cheap items are sold this way – an average of four Ferraris are sold each month.

      Obviously, having one smartphone isn’t enough anymore

      A smartphone in Paris

        An amazing number of 55,000,000 people carry two phones with them. In most cases, one is a business phone that has a platform that’s not satisfying enough so there’s a need for another one. Ninety percent of people who own two smartphones use them simultaneously – using multiple screens opens more room for multitasking.

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        The smartphone industry is constantly growing and these devices are getting smarter and smarter. It’s quite curious that something that small means a world to us – in a weird way, it reflects our lives. There’s another thing you may find interesting – Nikola Tesla predicted the modern age and he had a great picture of how the future of communication will look like:

        “When wireless is perfectly applied, the entire planet will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance.

        Not only this, but through television and telephony, we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple, compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.”

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        Last Updated on November 26, 2020

        How Relationships Building Helps Achieve Career Success

        How Relationships Building Helps Achieve Career Success

        As playwright Wilson Mizner supposedly said all the way back in the 1930s,

        “Be kind to everyone on the way up; you will meet the same people on the way down.”

        The adage is the perfect prototype for relationship building in 2020, although we may want to expand Mizner’s definition of “kind” to include being helpful, respectful, grateful, and above all, crediting your colleagues along the way.

        5 Ways to Switch on Your Relationship Building Magnetism

        Relationship building does not come easily to all. Today’s computer culture makes us more insular and less likely to reach out—not to mention our new work-from-home situation in which we are only able to interact virtually. Still, relationship building remains an important part of career engagement and success, and it gets better with practice.

        Here are five ways you can strengthen your relationships:

        1. Advocate for Other’s Ideas

        Take the initiative to speak up in support of other team members’ good ideas. Doing so lets others know that the team’s success takes precedence over your needs for personal success. Get behind any colleague’s innovative approach or clever solution and offer whatever help you can give to see it through. Teammates will value your vote of confidence and your support.

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        2. Show Compassion

        If you learn that someone whom you work with has encountered difficult times, reach out. If it’s not someone you know well, a hand-written card expressing your sympathy and hopes for better times ahead could be an initial gesture. If it’s someone with whom you interact regularly, the act could involve offering to take on some of the person’s work to provide a needed reprieve or even bringing in a home-cooked dish as a way to offer comfort. The show of compassion will not go unnoticed, and your relationship building will have found a foothold.

        3. Communicate Regularly

        Make an effort to share any information with team members that will help them do their jobs more effectively. Keeping people in the loop says a lot about your consideration for what others need to deliver their best results.

        Try to discover the preferred mode of communication for each team member. Some people are fine relying on emails; others like to have a phone conversation. And once we can finally return to working together in offices, you may determine that face-to-face updates may be most advantageous for some members.

        4. Ask for Feedback

        Showing your willingness to reach out for advice and guidance will make a positive impression on your boss. When you make it clear that you welcome and can accept pointers, you display candor and trust in what opinions your superior has to offer. Your proclivity towards considering ways of improving your performance and strengthening any working interactions will signal your strong relationship skills.

        If you are in a work environment where you are asked to give feedback, be generous and compassionate. That does not mean being wishy-washy. Try always to give the type of feedback that you wouldn’t mind receiving.

        5. Give Credit Where It’s Due

        Be the worker who remembers to credit staffers with their contributions. It’s a surprisingly rare talent to credit others, but when you do so, they will remember to credit you, and the collective credit your team will accrue will be well worth the effort.

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        How Does Relationship Building Build Careers?

        Once you have strengthened and deepened your relationships, here are some of the great benefits:

        Work Doesn’t Feel So Much Like Work

        According to a Gallup poll, when you have a best friend at work, you are more likely to feel engaged with your job. Work is more fun when you have positive, productive relationships with your colleagues. Instead of spending time and energy overcoming difficult personalities, you can spend time enjoying the camaraderie with colleagues as you work congenially on projects together. When your coworkers are your friends, time goes by quickly and challenges don’t weigh as heavily.

        You Can Find Good Help

        It’s easier to ask for assistance when you have a good working relationship with a colleague. And with office tasks changing at the speed of technology, chances are that you are going to need some help acclimating—especially now that work has gone remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

        Much of relationship building rests on your genuine expressions of appreciation toward others. Showing gratitude for another’s help or for their willingness to put in the extra effort will let them know you value them.

        Mentors Come Out of the Woodwork

        Mentors are proven to advance your professional and career development. A mentor can help you navigate how to approach your work and keep you apprised of industry trends. They have a plethora of experience to draw from that can be invaluable when advising you on achieving career success and advancement.

        Mentors flock to those who are skilled at relationship building. So, work on your relationships and keep your eyes peeled for a worthy mentor.

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        You Pull Together as a Team

        Great teamwork starts with having an “abundance mentality” rather than a scarcity mentality. Too often, workers view all projects through a scarcity mentality lens. This leads to office strife as coworkers compete for their piece of the pie. But in an abundance mentality mode, you focus on the strengths that others bring rather than the possibility that they are potential competitors.

        Instead, you can commit relationship building efforts to ensure a positive work environment rather than an adversarial one. When you let others know that you intend to support their efforts and contribute to their success, they will respond in kind. Go, team!

        Your Network Expands and So Does Your Paycheck

        Expand your relationship building scope beyond your coworkers to include customers, suppliers, and other industry stakeholders. Your extra efforts can lead to extra sales, a more rewarding career, and even speedy professional advancement. And don’t overlook the importance of building warm relationships with assistants, receptionists, or even interns.

        Take care to build bridges, not just to your boss and your boss’s boss but with those that work under you as well. You may find that someone who you wouldn’t expect will put in a good word for you with your supervisor.

        Building and maintaining good working relationships with everyone you come in contact with can pay off in unforeseen ways. You never know when that underling will turn out to be the company’s “golden child.” Six years from now you may be turning to them for a job. If you have built up a good, trusting work relationship with others along your way, you will more likely be considered for positions that any of these people may be looking to fill.

        Your Job Won’t Stress You Out

        Study shows that some 83 percent of American workers experience work-related stress.[1] Granted, some of that stress is now likely caused by the new pandemic-triggered workplace adjustments, yet bosses and management, in general, are reportedly the predominant source of stress for more than one-third of workers.

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        Having meaningful connections among coworkers is the best way to make work less stressful. Whether it is having others whom to commiserate with, bounce ideas off, or bring out your best performance, friendships strengthen the group’s esprit de corps and lower the stress level of your job.

        Your Career Shines Bright

        Who would you feel better about approaching to provide a recommendation or ask for promotion: a cold, aloof boss with whom you have only an impersonal relationship or one that knows you as a person and with whom you have built a warm, trusting relationship?

        Your career advancement will always excel when you have a mutual bond of friendship and appreciation with those who can recommend you. Consider the plug you could receive from a supervisor who knows you as a friend versus one who remains detached and only notices you in terms of your ability to meet deadlines or attain goals.

        When people fully know your skills, strengths, personality, and aspirations, you have promoters who will sing your praises with any opportunity for advancement.

        Final Thoughts

        At the end of the day, it is “who you know” not “what you know.” When you build relationships, you build a pipeline of colleagues, work partners, team members, current bosses, and former bosses who want to help you—who want to see you succeed.

        At its core, every business is a people business. Making a point to take the small but meaningful actions that build the foundation of a good relationship can be instrumental in cultivating better relationships at work.

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        Reference

        [1] The American Institute of Stress: 42 Worrying Workplace Stress Statistics

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