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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 February 11, 2021

        Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

        Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

        How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

        Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

        The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

        Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

        Perceptual Barrier

        The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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        The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

        The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

        Attitudinal Barrier

        Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

        The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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        The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

        Language Barrier

        This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

        The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

        The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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        Emotional Barrier

        Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

        The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

        The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

        Cultural Barrier

        Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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        The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

        The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

        Gender Barrier

        Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

        The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

        The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

        And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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