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5 Simple Joys Of Life That Were Changed By The Smartphone

5 Simple Joys Of Life That Were Changed By The Smartphone

The first smartphone, as we know them today, was released in 2007 by Apple. Now, almost a decade later, we are tied to our smartphones. Especially millennials, who seem to be born for using smartphones. And it’s not just me who is saying this: studies also show it!

According to a survey released by Bank of America, 4 in 10 millennials confess they interact with their smartphone more than they interact with their own families. The survey concludes that millennials( aged between 18 to 34) interact with their smartphones more than anything else or anyone else ! Another report, this time by Experian, showed that 77% millennials own smartphones and spend more than 2 hours a day using them. This is more than any other age group and reveals a significant change in millennial’s behavior.

As half of all millennials say they couldn’t live without their smartphones (according to a Pew Research Center survey), I made an effort to remember how was my own life before the smartphone entered it.

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And YES, there was a life before the smartphone, as older millennials, who know the “joy” of owning a Nokia phone and the struggle of catching a couple of hours of decent Internet speed on the dial-up, will remember.

Back in those times, technology was not that easy and we lived our lives AFK and away from (smart)phones. While the millennials are connected to the news and the Internet, they are disconnected from life and I have found 5 simple situations to prove my point. Here are some pure joys of life that were completely changed by the invention of the smartphone.

1. Having a meal

Since the humanity managed to craft a table and put some food on it, the eating time was also talking time. Since the arrival of smartphones, most people now eat mindlessly, swiping and texting on their devices. There are no more interesting talks carried out on the table, as everyone is trying to connect to the strongest WiFi.

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2. Driving a car

What are people doing the second after they stop at the red light? They browse their smartphone, looking to unlock the iPhone 7 or get a glimpse of the latest joke online. This is the case for drivers, but the car passengers are browsing their smartphones the entire ride.

Before we had the Wi-Fi at our fingertips we used to chat in our cars. Back then cars were never silent, as we used to joke, talk and sing for the entire ride. We used to communicate, as well as, admire the scenery.

3. Watching TV

Few people are aware of the fact we now consume media via 3 different channels, at the same time: we watch TV, we play a game on the tablet and read the news on the smartphone. The TV time is now multitasking time, which means we only drain our minds and eyes, instead of actually watching a movie or playing a game.

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4. Concerts and events

Social media is great for sharing personal experiences, but it has a strong negative influence on our lives, as it prevents us from actually experiencing life! When you attend a concert or an event, you will see how 90% of the audience is trying to record the moment, capture a photo or a video.

There is nothing wrong in shooting a couple of photographs, but recording the entire event and sharing it, then texting to your friends, simply prevents you from actually attending the event! Recently, people had been asked not to bring their smartphones with them at concerts, in an attempt to prevent the “sea of smartphones” phenomenon and have people watch the show they’ve paid for.

5. Spending time with friends and family

When you hang out with your family or friends, the smartphone should be left aside. However, nowadays, everyone is interacting more with the mobile devices than with the persons around. The smartphone managed to intervene between couples, in their very bed!

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Parties are now much quieter than they used to be, as everyone is browsing social media or doing other things with their smartphones. This lack of face to face communication puts a toll on our lives, making it harder for us to actually communicate with other people.

Without the smartphone, many millennials feel they don’t have anything to talk about, which makes them socially awkward in the long run.

I certainly miss the times when my friends and I gathered around the table and chatted about everyone and everything. There were good times, which are not going to come back anytime soon.

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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