10 Things the Modern Smartphone Has Replaced

10 Things the Modern Smartphone Has Replaced

The smartphone has replaced more items than any single invention in history.
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We used to carry around a veritable toolkit with us everywhere we went. A mother’s purse was a Swiss Army Knife of utility. Whatever you needed, she had in that purse of hers. She could have probably produced a chainsaw if one was required.

Today, the daughters of those mothers often leave the house with no purse at all. It is not that they aren’t packing their own version of the Swiss Army Knife. They have simply replaced a lot of those things with their smartphone of choice.

It is not just women’s purses that have become anachronistic. Men are experiencing the same changes in their daily carries. Both men and women are still opting to tote a lot of things in backpacks as if life were one grand hike, but there is a big difference in what we carry.

The smartphone has replaced more items than any single invention in history. Here are a few things the smartphone has likely partially or completely replaced for you:

1. Game Consoles

One of the reasons those cases for iPhone 8 plus are so necessary is that we use smartphones for playing games. And some of those games require waving the phone about and getting pretty active with it. While the Nintendo Switch is making a strong pitch for owning a separate portable gaming machine, many have already decided that smartphone gaming is good enough.

2. Trackpads

Even now, developers are testing the limits of using smartphones as gesture controllers for computers. But what they have figured out is how to use a smartphone as a Bluetooth pointing device for a computer. Sure, you can buy a separate trackpad for your computer. But if you already charge your smartphone at your desk anyway, you can replace that trackpad or mobile pointing device with the smartphone you already have.

3. Music Players

The number one music player in the world used to be the Sony Walkman, then the Apple iPod. Now, it is whatever smartphone you happen to be carrying. When the iPhone was first introduced, playing music was a third of its big selling points. If anything, that functionality has only become more important.

4. Rulers and Tape Measures

Ruler and tape measure apps are not perfect. But they are cheap and convenient. The good ones enable you to make measurements that are difficult to manage with the real thing. You can take a picture and get a pretty accurate measurement. It does not replace the tape measure altogether. But it will keep you from needing to pack one in your carry bag for occasional usage.

5. Portable TV and Movie Players

These days, the best portable television you can buy is a good smartphone. The picture is great. And chances are, there is a streaming service that gives you everything you want to watch, including local channels. With services like Netflix and HBO Go, there is no need to carry DVDs anymore.

6. Day Planners

We used to carry portable, paper day planners and event calendars. Then we replaced them with PDAs. Now, there is no room in the marketplace for such devices because smartphones with their millions of apps do the job so well.

7. Books

There is so little need to carry a paper book anymore, it is surprising to see one on the train. Between the Kindle app and other eBook readers, you simply have no need to pack a print book to help you pass the time on your next commute.

8. Calculators

When is the last time you needed a calculator and didn’t have access to one? Hint: it was before you had a smartphone.

9. Portable Mirrors

Sometimes, everyone needs a mirror to make sure they got the last of the mustard that managed to smear the side of their face when eating that hot dog. No worries. Your smartphone has you covered.

10. Cameras

A dedicated camera will always be better than the one in your smartphone. But as long as you have a smartphone, you will have no need to buy a dedicated camera for 90% of what people use cameras for.

Despite all that the modern smartphone replaces, we still find lots of stuff to put into our backpacks and messenger bags. But the smartphone has obsoleted more items than any other modern invention. And it will only become more useful as time goes by.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

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8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

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9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Media Literacy Is Crucial In 2018

Among the world of "fake news" and unrestricted publishing platforms, media literacy is more than just important – it's crucial.

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No concept is more relevant in modern-day news media than the concept of "fake news." While it was originally coined by President Trump referring to a number of liberal media organizations, the term has now been adopted by many Americans when speaking about the phenomenon of factually inaccurate or falsely skewed articles, broadcasts, or any other form of news information.

As a journalism major, the threat of fake news and other challenges to the free press are given as warnings quite frequently. It's a concept my classmates and I are constantly on the lookout for in every piece of news disseminated, whether it comes from CNN, Fox News, Buzzfeed or anywhere else. However, I've learned that others not affiliated or familiar with the press aren't as concerned about fake news – or even just dishonest news – as we are. And that ignorance can pose a huge risk.

Take, for example, "Pizzagate." A series of absolutely fabricated stories in 2016 claimed the Clintons were housing a child sex trafficking/pedophilia ring in the basement of a Washington, D.C. pizza restaurant, causing a man to barge in the restaurant and fire gunshots to save the made-up victims. No one was hurt in his "raid," but the debacle proved that the dissemination of fake news has real consequences.

Illiterate media skills can not only instigate crimes and violent acts such as the ones mentioned above, but they also disadvantage citizens on a much more personal level, too. Most people don't even stop and question whether their source of news/information is credible, much less accurate – they just see a compelling headline or one that supports their beliefs and they hit share, risking spreading false facts, inaccurate information, and skewed biases around their community. The information produced by news media organizations on television, print, and online all plays a drastic part in how someone shapes their worldview, personal beliefs, political opinions, and even more.

Advances in technology have made it so basically anyone can produce media and disseminate it to the public, regardless of whether the information is true or false and what ulterior motives they might have. This means that that article you shared on Facebook last week could come from anybody – not someone who's an expert in the subject discussed or a real reporter. Just your average "Joe Schmo" could be telling you about the government, public issues, or foreign affairs. That person can make up an entire story, event, quote, or belief for any reason at all.

Developing media literacy skills goes further than dispelling fake news – it helps people critically think and analyze stories, helps them express their own opinions, and satisfies everyone's civic responsibility to make well-informed, well-represented decisions. (Not to mention, it also saves us from the embarrassment of sharing an article/piece of information only to have someone comment that it's not true.)

So do all journalists a favor and stop to think after you read an article before you share or comment. Make sure you're being informed by an objective, credible source. Confirm that the news presented is of factual basis, not just of someone's opinion or retelling. Think about that source's intent or purpose behind sharing the particular piece of news. Try and realize the source's and your own point of view in relation to the story. Asking yourself these questions when analyzing pieces of media reassures that you're not being swayed or fooled by "fake news" and prevents your community from being affected, too.

Don't be afraid to fact-check what others tell you or content shared by your friends online. I'm proud to admit that I have been that annoying individual to comment and let someone know that what they've shared is fake, or at least inaccurate.

The role of news media in society is to empower the informed through accurate, fair, and responsible reporting that is free from commercial or government censorship. Many refer to journalism as the "voice for the voiceless" that has a duty to express all aspects of our society and make sure citizens are aware of their rights.

"Fake news" is a major threat to the media's responsibility to the public. Any form of dishonest reporting, whether it's falsifying facts or quotes, intentionally leaving out a side of the story, or publishing information with an ulterior motive or agenda – ALL of this poses a great threat to not only the media but to every citizen as well. And in this day and age where anyone can produce content, true or false, it's more important than ever to learn how to critically consume the news. Media literacy is not just a good skill to have or important – it's crucial.

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