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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 March 30, 2020

        What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

        What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

        Have you ever walked into a room and felt like your nerves simply couldn’t handle it? Your heart beats fast, you start to sweat, and you feel like all eyes are on you (even if they’re really not). This is just one of the many ways that being self-conscious can rear its ugly head.

        You may not even realize you’re self-conscious, and you may be wondering, “What does self-conscious mean?” That’s a good place to start.

        This article will define self-consciousness, show how practically everyone has faced it at one point or another, and give you tips to avoid it.

        What Does Self-Conscious Mean?

        According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, self-conscious is defined as “conscious of one’s own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself.”[1]

        Not so bad, right? There’s another definition, though — one that speaks more to what you’re going through: “feeling uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others.” For those of us who regularly deal with extreme self-consciousness, that second definition sounds about right.

        There are many different ways self-consciousness can spring up. You may feel self-conscious around people you know, like your family members or closest friends. You may feel self-conscious at work, even though you spend hours every week around your co-workers. Or you may feel self-conscious when out in public and surrounded by strangers. However, you probably don’t feel self-conscious when you’re home alone.

        How to Stop Being Too Self-Conscious

        When you’re in the throes of self-consciousness, it’s nearly impossible to remember how to stop feeling that way. That’s why it’s so important to prepare ahead of time, when you’re feeling ready to tackle the problem instead of succumbing to it.

        Here are a variety of ways to feel better about yourself and stop thinking about how others see you.

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        1. Ask Yourself, “So What?”

        One way to banish negative, self-conscious thoughts is to do just that: banish them.

        The next time you walk into a room and feel your face getting red, think to yourself, “So what?” How much does it really matter if people don’t like how you look or act? What’s the worst that could happen?

        Most of the time, you’ll find that you don’t have a good answer to this question. Then, you can immediately start assigning such thoughts less importance. With self-awareness, you can acknowledge that your negative thoughts are present and realize that you don’t agree with them.[2] They’re just thoughts, after all.

        2. Be Honest

        A lie that self-consciousness might tell is that there’s one way to act or feel. Honestly, though, everyone else is just figuring life out as well. There isn’t a preferred way to show up to an event, gathering, or public place. What you can do is be honest with your feelings and thoughts.[3]

        If you feel offended by something someone says, you don’t have to smile to be polite or laugh to fit in with the crowd. Instead, you can politely say why you disagree or excuse yourself and find a group of people who you relate to better. If you’re nervous, don’t overcompensate by trying to look relaxed and casual — it’ll be obvious you’re putting on a front. Instead, nothing is more endearing than saying, “I’m a little nervous!” to a room of people who probably feel the exact same way.

        On the same note, if you don’t understand why someone wants you to do something, question it. You can do this at work, at home, or even with people you don’t know well. Nobody should force you to do something you don’t want to do.

        Also, even if you’re willing to do what’s asked of you, there’s nothing wrong with asking for more clarification. People will realize that you’re not a person to be bossed around.

        3. Understand Why You’re Struggling at Work

        Being self-conscious at work can get in the way of your daily responsibilities, your relationships with co-workers, and even your career as a whole. If you’re facing some sort of conflict but you’re too nervous to speak up, you may be at the whim of what happens to you instead of taking some control.

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        If you’re usually confident at work, you may be wondering where this new self-consciousness is coming from. It’s possible that you’re dealing with burnout.[4] Common signs are anxiety, fatigue and distraction, all of which can leave you feeling under-confident.

        4. Succeed at Something

        When you create success in your life, it’s easier to feel confident[5] and less self-conscious. If you feel self-conscious at work, finish the project that’s been looming over your head. If you feel self-conscious in the gym, complete an advanced workout class.

        Exposing yourself to what you’re scared of and then succeeding at it in some way (even just by finishing it) can do wonders for your self-esteem. The more confidence you build, the more likely you are to have more success in the future, which will create a cycle of confidence-building.

        5. Treat All of You — Not Just Your Self-Consciousness

        Trying to solve your self-consciousness alone may not treat the root of the problem. Instead, take a well-rounded approach to lower your self-consciousness and build confidence in areas where you may struggle.

        Even professional counselors are embracing this holistic type of treatment[6] because they feel that the health of the mind and body are inextricably linked. This approach combines physical, spiritual, and psychological components. Common activities and treatments include meditation, yoga, massage, and healthy changes to diet and exercise.

        If much of this is new to you, it will pay to give it a try. You never know how it will impact you.

        If you’re feeling self-conscious about how your body looks, a massage that makes you feel great could boost your confidence. If you try a new workout, you could have something exciting to talk about the next time you’re in a group setting.

        Putting yourself in a new situation and learning that you can get through it with grace can give you the confidence to get through all sorts of events and nerve-wracking moments.

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        6. Make the Changes That Are Within Your Control

        Let’s say you walk into a room and you’re self-conscious about how you look. However, you may have put a lot of time and effort into your outfit. Even though it may stand out, this is how you have chosen to express yourself.

        You have to work on your internal confidence, not your external appearance. There’s nothing to change other than your outlook.

        On the other hand, maybe there’s something that you don’t like about yourself that you can change. For example, maybe you hate how a birthmark on your face looks or have varicose veins that you think are unsightly. If you can do something about these things, do it! There’s nothing wrong with changing your appearance (or skills, education, etc.) if it’s going to make you more confident.

        You don’t have to accept your current situation for acceptance’s sake. There’s no award for putting up with something you hate. Confidence is also required to make changes that are scary, even if they’re for the better. Plus, it may be an easier fix than you thought. For example, treating varicose veins doesn’t have to involve surgery — sometimes simple compression stockings will take care of the problem.[7]

        7. Realize That Everyone Has Awkward Moments

        Everyone has said something awkward to someone else and lived to tell the tale. We’ve all forgotten somebody’s name or said, “You too!” when the concession stand girl says to enjoy our movie. Not only are these things uber-common, but they’re not nearly as embarrassing as you feel they are.

        Think about how you react when someone else does something awkward. Do you think, “Wow, that person’s such a loser!” or do you think, “What a relief, I’m not the only one who does that.” Chances are good that’s the same reaction others have to you when you stumble.

        Remember, self-consciousness is a state of mind that you have control over. You don’t have to feel this way. Do what you need to in order to build your confidence, put your self-consciousness in perspective, and start exercising your “I feel awesome about myself” muscle. It’ll get easier with time.

        When Is Being Self-Conscious a Good Thing?

        Self-consciousness can sometimes be a good thing[8], but you have to take the awkwardness and nerves out of it.

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        In this case, “self-aware” is a much better term. Knowing how you come off to people is an excellent trait; you’ll be able to read a room and understand how what you do and say affects others. These are fantastic skills for people work and personal relationships.

        Self-awareness helps you dress appropriately for the occasion, tells you that you’re talking too loud or not loud enough, and guides a conversation so you don’t offend or bore anyone.

        It’s not about being someone you’re not — that can actually have adverse effects, just like self-consciousness. Instead, it’s about turning up certain aspects of yourself to perform well in the situation.

        Final Thoughts

        When you’re self-conscious, you’re constantly battling with yourself in an effort to control how other people view you. You try to change yourself to suit what you think other people want to see.

        The truth, though, is that you can’t actually control how other people view you — and you may not even be correct about how they view you in the first place.

        Being confident doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it happens in small steps as you slowly build your confidence and say “no” to your self-consciousness. It also requires accepting that you’re going to feel self-conscious sometimes, and that’s okay.

        Sometimes worrying that there is a problem can be more stressful than the problem itself. Feeling bad for feeling self-conscious can be more troublesome than simply feeling it and getting on with the day.

        Forgive yourself for being human and make the small changes that will lead to better confidence in the future.

        More Tips for Improving Your Self-Esteem

        Featured photo credit: Cata via unsplash.com

        Reference

        [1] Merriam-Webster: Self-conscious
        [2] Bustle: 7 Tips On How To Stop Feeling Self-Conscious
        [3] Marc and Angel: 10 Things to Remember When You Feel Unsure of Yourself
        [4] Bostitch: How to Protect Small Businesses From Burnout
        [5] Psychology Today: Self-conscious? Get Over It
        [6] Wake Forest University: Embracing Holistic Medicine
        [7] Center for Vein Restoration: What Causes Venous Ulcers, and How Are They Treated?
        [8] Scientific American: The Pros and Cons of Being Self-Aware

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