Smartphones have become such an integral part of our everyday life that it is easy to forget what an amazing piece of technology we carry around with us throughout the day. The fact remains, however, that our constantly evolving cell phones with all their amazing apps pack a lot of potentials, and have the ability to constantly amaze even the most tech-savvy among us.
Here are some factoids that you probably never knew or noticed about your phone.
1.Your Phone can tell you whether your Remote Control is working
This might not be a big deal for most, but it is certainly a cool bit of information to show off to your friends. It might come in handy once in a blue moon, too.
If your TV or air conditioner’s remote control uses infrared to operate, you can point it at your phone’s camera and press any button on the remote. The camera’s viewfinder should pick up the light. It’s an easy way to confirm if your remote control is working or not.
2.Your Phone is Dirtier than your Toilet
Don’t take it personally; almost everyone’s phone has more bacteria than a typical toilet seat. The fact that we use our phone often on the toilet doesn’t help the device’s cleanliness, though the bacteria keep piling on from other sources as well.
In most cases though, this isn’t a cause for major concern since most of these organisms are harmless, but that shouldn’t stop you from giving the phone a good wipe down every once a while.
3.Your Phone can be a Death Trap, literally!
During the past 2 years, there have been at least 120 confirmed deaths that were a direct result of people trying to take selfies in risky places, or in unsafe manners. The number exceeds deaths caused by shark attacks during the same year!
The selfie craze has grown so much that we are now seeing phones designed to focus (pardon the pun) on taking photos with the front camera exclusively. The moral here? Take as many selfies as you want, but make sure the seemingly cute grizzly bear isn’t getting agitated with your pout!
4.Your Smartphone can make you a “Nomophobic”
Smartphone addiction is a real thing, which can reduce your productivity and make matters so bad that even the thought of losing your phone can lead to stress. According to Scientific American, around 52.5% people who own a smartphone suffer from some degree of nomophobia.
Out of this percentage, 9% feel extremely stressed out when their phone is switched off. Given the fact that an average person checks their phone more than 220 times each day, getting severely addicted to it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.
5.Don’t Underestimate the Power of your Smartphone
When you think about it, smartphones are most commonly used to play video games, take photos, or for browsing the web. There is more to your phone than merely being a plaything.
In fact, the phone you are holding likely has more computational power in its puny body than the Apollo 11 supercomputer. Not too shabby for a device that most of us mostly use to play Candy Crush on.
6.You can Measure your Heart Rate using your Phone
Though not really a new thing, this piece of information hasn’t exactly spread like wildfire. Whether you own an iPhone or an Android, there are a lot of apps that are surprisingly accurate in seeing through your skin and measuring your pulse.
This is especially useful for the health-conscious as measuring your heart rate during workout routines can give you a pretty accurate indication of the progress you are making.