Did you know that putting your wet phone in a ziplock bag with uncooked rice actually works to dry it out? You see, I have used this hack once before and on the weekend had to use it again, thanks to an upside down waterbottle in my bag….gggrrr!! It’s all good now, as far as I’m aware, every feature on my phone is now functioning again, however, I’m not going to lie, there were a few nervous moments at the thought my phone may not work ever again!
Apps, photos, phone numbers, videos of my children completing random activities – all pieces that I didn’t have backed up anywhere else – could have been gone for good!! I have backed them up now, you’ll be glad to know! I can laugh about it now and feel super relieved, but it got me to thinking how reliant I’ve become on this said device – and I’m a digital immigrant!! It did make me spare a thought for the digital natives, ie. those who have never known a life without technology, esp smartphones!!
For all it’s negatives, technology brings us lots of positives everyday. I thought I’d take this opportunity to recommend a few apps that I personally use frequently (and would have missed dearly had my phone not recovered!):
SmilingMind – is a modern mediation app – comes from a Not For Profit organisation (of the same name) and helps people integrate mindfulness into their everyday lives. There are programs for children 7 years and up. Seeing the picture is the perfect reminder for me to practise meditation – with busy lives, we all need reminders!
MyFitnessPal – this one helps me be more conscious of what I’m eating and the nutrients that make up different foods. There is also an exercise component and it keeps me honest (most of the time!) You can even add friends to this one if you are looking for that added accountability!)
My Asics – as a runner, I like to use this app to guide my running plan – I put in the event that I’d like to train for and some other basic info and it comes up with the plan – the challenge is actually getting all the runs done!
The Monash University Low FODMAP Diet – I used this app religiously when I first started learning about the low FODMAP arrangement. It contains very detailed information about ingredients and recommendations for anyone following this way of eating.
So anyways, I think technology sometimes gets a bad rap. I don’t believe it is neither good or bad – it is how we use it that determines its usefulness – it’s up to us!
I’d like to think I use it to my advantage, do you?
Do you rely on YOUR smartphone as much as I clearly do??
What technology would you miss if you had to go without?
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