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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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.
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We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.


2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^


8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.


14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.

16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.


18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”


23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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Alternative Energy, The New Standard?

As the need for other sources of energy becomes more pressing, what do we do?

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In grade school, you probably learned about renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. The non-renewable ones consisting of mainly fossil fuels and the renewable consisting of wood or some other type that can easily be replaced.

As more and more people become consumers of coal, oil and natural gas, the United States slowly became less reliant on wood for an energy source.

Up until about the mid-1800s, wood supplied nearly all of the nation's energy needs. Today, much of the use of renewable energy is increasing, mainly those such as wind and solar. Why is this happening? Well, unlike fossil fuels the renewables regenerate.

What is alternative energy? Alternative energy is ANY energy source that is an alternative to fossil fuel. This includes anything from solar power to hydro and oceanic power that can address the concerns that are put out by fossil fuels. By switching to these we can ensure a safe and habitable planet for future generations.

What do you think of when you hear alternative energy? Is it clean? Renewable? Many people assume both those things but they also feel that it may not be the most cost-effective. Which is true right now. Even so, alternative energy is still the answer.

10¹⁶ watts - which is roughly about the amount of energy that can be harnessed from the solar radiation that falls on a planet from its parent star or a Type 1 on the Kardashev Scale.

So where does that put us in today's settings?

Well, currently we are at 0.73 on the Kardashev scale. This means that while we are most likely going to be a Type 1 that is, if we keep burning fossil fuels. This is why alternative energy is so important.

So now that we know this, the best way to reach a Type 1 status is to rely on the sun for most of our energy, if not all. of course, this isn't the only good source of renewable energy. However, with solar come the problem of reliability. What do you do on the days that aren't sunny or are windy and rainy? Well, we could always go back to coal and oil, or follow California's example of overproducing and then storing energy that isn't used for a later date.

And Solar isn't the only option out there. These several others including hydro and wind energy.

One of the major advantages of alternative or renewable energy includes that it is renewable (and while it is possible), the chances of running out of it completely are slim.

The disadvantage? It is harder to produce higher amounts of energy that is produced by the burning of fossil fuels. This means either we need to reduce the amount that we use or build more energy producing centers or balancing many different power sources.

The sooner we get better about investing in other and cleaner energies, the sooner we will be able to see the benefits of it, whether that be in the future or now.

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