H is for How Helpful is Your Smart Phone?

H is for How Helpful is Your Smart Phone?



Over the past ten years smart phones have rapidly changed from a simple communication device to an incredibly valuable tool for everyday life. Think about the power we now have at our fingertips; the ability to look up any information we please, to get in contact with whomever we want at the touch of a button, and to effortlessly take pictures and shoot video and share them almost instantly. We have personalized computers attached to our hips at all times, making daily life much, much easier.

But how helpful is it to have a computer attached to you at all times? There is no doubt having a GPS, your email, your bank statements, and anything else you may need wherever you go, but what happens when your battery dies or when you break your phone? Can you function without your cell phone?

Most people would be lost without their cell phone; that feeling of being naked in the cafeteria sinks over most of us when we realize we are without our cell phones for even just a few hours. To combat this feeling and the feeling of helplessness when you are without  your mobile phone, these handy tips will keep you feeling safe and entertained with or without your phone.

  • Keep a map or a portable GPS in your car. This way if your phone dies you can still find your way there, even if it’s an old-fashioned way.
  • Keep a list of important phone numbers written on paper in both your home and in your car. With cell phones, we rarely memorize numbers but this way you’ll never have to worry about not be able to connect with your loved ones in case of an emergency.
  • Keep a written list of digital pass-codes. Keep it in a safe place or give it someone you trust, like your significant other, best friend, or a family member.
  • Always keep a book or your favorite newspaper or crossword in your car or in your bag. That way if you’re waiting in line or at an appointment, you’ll never be without entertainment.
  • Keep a planner or a printed calendar at the very least in your home, but also with you at work and while traveling. Being able to share plans with your family and roommates creates a bond and face-to-face communication, something we are lacking as technology rapidly consumes our lives. Also, you’ll never get caught off guard with your plans.
  • Always keep a charger in your car or in your bag. The more you use your cell phone, the more trouble the battery has staying charged. If you know you will be out of the house all day, bring either a car charger or a wall charger.

Technology can be a blessing and curse. Our dependency on technology can be more harmful than helpful sometimes, but being mindful of the things we rely on can make or break and emergency situation.

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About Ann Zuraw

Ann Zuraw, the voice behind "Chicks, Chat and Change", is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™). If you have comments on this post contact Ann Zuraw

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