5 Popular Apps That Had A Short Lived Life

5 Popular Apps That Had A Short Lived Life

They came and went.
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We've all seen some of our favorite apps go through phases of popularity. Whether it started in your iPod touch days, chuck full of games that drained our batteries or phones that are not consumed with various social media sites. But among those instagrams, and twitters we've seen many apps take off and crash shortly after.

1. Dubsmash

The app that allowed you to perfect your lip syncing abilities. You could impersonate your favorite actor or actress, sing a favorite song, or become anyone who's made it big on the Internet for that matter. But after giggling for a couple of weeks about how funny you and your friends are, mouthing the famous lines of your favorite movie multiple times in order to line up with the voice perfectly got old and you said goodbye to the app.

2. Vine

The beloved video app that allowed you to make your own videos with stops and starts in between. So yes there were plenty of "and with the snap of a finger" or other creative 30 seconds of entertainment, but once you realized you weren't gonna make it as an official verified "viner" and you had your fun, you decided to free up some space on your phone and say goodbye to vine.

3. Yik Yak

Now some may argue that this is not a short-lived app but for the majority, I think that yakking has seen quite the decline. Yes, the fun anonymous Twitter-like app allowed you to say what you've always really wanted to without it being traced back to your name or face. But once the tweet-like messages began to become "what's good for tonight?" or that activities that your next door neighbors were loudly taking part of, people didn't seem to care and let go of their yakking privileges.

4. Draw something

The friendly competition of Pictionary. The game where you found out who of your friends could really draw and those who shouldn't quit their day job. No doubt the game was fun and there was plenty of bragging rights awaiting when you won but eventually the game got old. And you knew it got really bad when you resorted to writing the word out in the space provided. Ultimately giving up and deleting the app.

5. Words with friends

Scrabble on the go for friends of all ages. You may have found yourself in the another friendly battle with your friends, your grandparents, friend's parents, or just about everyone you knew. And eventually you began coming up with words you didn't even know existed just to finish the game. Then one day when your lock screen was filled with too many notifications to keep up with you decided it was time to put the tiles down and say good bye to your words with friends account.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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5 Reasons To Take On Boxing

Boxing? Punching a bag? I'm good, I'll just run on the treadmill for 90 minutes.

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I started taking boxing training sessions last summer to try something different and new, and I LOVED IT. These work outs may be more physically challenging than your go-to exercises, but the loads of benefits speak for themselves. Here are just some of reasons you should say yes to boxing and no to the dreadful treadmill.

1. Self-defense skills

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This type of workout is extremely beneficial to gaining experience in self-defense. Anything can happen at any time in your life. Obtaining skills and experience in the art of self-defense is a great way to be prepared. In this day and age, dangerous and unsafe situations can arise anywhere, especially a college campus. Learn numerous combinations of kicks and punches and gain a feeling of confidence with your ability to protect yourself and others.

2. The health benefits

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I don't know about you, but glancing at my Apple Watch to see I've burned 500 calories in less than an hour is the most satisfying feeling ever. Boxing improves your strength, flexibility, and efficiency in doing other various types of physical activity. Lose that college weight and get the six-pack you assured yourself you would have 3 years ago.

3. Stress relief

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Stress is stressful! We all try our best to be positive no matter how tough things get, but your lack of exercise could be the clear culprit. Regular boxing sessions help alleviate not only physical stress, but mental. The second I finish a boxing session I immediately feel a sense of accomplishment, release, and happiness (I DID THAT). It's a feeling of satisfaction knowing you started your day off with power, strength, motivation, and will end it with that same mindset. It's like finishing a ten-page paper, except you're dripping of sweat and it's not 3 a.m.

4. Anger management

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Anger. Your worst enemy. Instead of taking it out on your fancy pillows, release the demons on a punching bag. There’s no better feeling than punching a bag while picturing your professor who failed to accept your paper turned in one minute late (the absolute WORST). You might find some peace with your ability to let go of grudges you've had since the 5th grade (I still haven't gotten over a lunch detention for chewing gum).

5. Hand-eye coordination

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If you're a loyal Angelina Jolie fan like myself, you have watched Mr. & Mrs. Smith several times. Remember the scene where Jolie smoothly catches the bottle of wine the second it "falls" out of Brad Pitt's "slippery" hand? WOW. I may never be able to achieve that level of finesse, but boxing is a way to improve the coordination imperative for this artful skill. Seeing the target (punching bag), reacting to the target, and punching the target in a speedy and substantial matter is harder than it sounds. You can improve your reaction times, reflexes, and maybe just impress your friends with your new skills.

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