15 things you’ve forgotten how to do thanks to your smartphone

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The transition from dumbphones to smartphones was pretty significant, but do you remember what you used to do before you had a portable, pocket-sized phone at all? Not to mention a portable, pocket-sized phone that also connects to the Internet and has hundreds of thousands of apps and controls every aspect of your life.

I mean, remember when you had to do things like...call a restaurant from home, after looking up the phone number in the phone book, to make a dinner reservation? Here are 15 things you’ve totally forgotten how to do, thanks to your smartphone:

Make phone calls

Texting, social media, email, websites that list movie times, OpenTable, Pizza Hut’s online ordering...smartphones have made obsolete the very thing that phones were created to do.

Remember phone numbers

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Remember trying to make your phone number spell out a word?

Read a map

Before Google Maps...there were just maps.

Balance a checkbook

Thanks, online banking apps!

Write in cursive

Do they even teach cursive in school anymore?

Write legibly

Nobody reads handwritten stuff anymore anyway, right?

Take pictures

There’s really no reason to take good pictures when you can just slap an Instagram filter on ‘em and call it art. What is aperture? What is shutter speed?

Set an alarm clock

Like, an analog alarm clock. And let’s not even talk about manually changing clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

Do math

When’s the last time you calculated a tip in your head? Considering there are tip-calculating apps (as opposed to, uh, the calculator on your phone), I’m going to say it’s probably been a while.

Wait in line

Or maybe we’re really good at waiting in line now, thanks to the distraction of smartphones.

Go to the bathroom

God forbid you spend 2 minutes staring at the wall instead of playing Angry Birds.

Read a book

Books are boring, heavy, and you need to turn on a light to read them. The Amazon Kindle app, on the other hand, has a feature that lets you look up context about places and events.

Turn on lights

Yep, smartphones are even affecting our ability to flip a switch. Thanks a lot, WeMo.

Be productive

Your smartphone is sabotaging your productivity even if you’re not using it – according to a study by researchers at the University of Southern Maine, the mere presence of a phone is distracting enough to affect your performance.

Stand up straight

We look at our smartphones so frequently that it’s starting to affect our posture and our skin. Tech neck is a real thing!

This story, "15 things you’ve forgotten how to do thanks to your smartphone" was originally published by Greenbot.

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