Mobile phones now play an integral role in our lives, and many of us find it hard to imagine life without them. It can sometimes seem hard to believe we ever survived without our treasured handheld devices. The nature of mobile phones has changed dramatically over the years, and the days of the devices mainly being used for calls and texts are long gone.
Let’s take a look at ten of the most mind-blowing facts about mobile phones right now.
- Apple sold in excess of 340,000 iPhones each day during 2012. This works out as approximately four for every second.
- In Britain, over 100,000 phones are dropped down the toilet every year. You might be amazed to learn how many of these devices survive when the right steps to save them are taken.
- Mobile phones carry around 18 times more bacteria than toilet handles, so if you’re not cleaning yours on a regular basis, you may wish to start doing so. The radiation from your phone can cause headaches, confusion, and insomnia.
- Researchers have found that mobile phones can actually be charged with urine. Scientists at Bristol Robotics Laboratory showed how you may be able to power your device with so-called “urine-tricity”. If you do decide to try this out for yourself, it may be worth consuming a considerable amount of liquid first – you will need around 4.2 litres of the fluid to reach a full charge, an amount which even an elephant might struggle to deliver.
- The very first mobile call was made almost 45 years ago in 1973 by Martin Cooper, a former Motorola inventor. The first mobile phones went on sale in the US ten years later, and cost almost $4,000 each. It is now possible to buy a phone for $4.
- There are now five times more mobile phones than personal computers. Around 80% of the world’s population have a handset, with 90% of adults keeping their devices within arm’s reach at all times. It’s believed that more people own a mobile phone than use a toothbrush.
- Most mobile phone use involves social networking and games. In 2014, one study revealed that making calls was no longer even in the top five uses for mobile phones.
- 90% of the phones in Japan are waterproof, with people even using them in the shower to check the latest news, catch up with friends on social media and play games whilst they get ready for the day ahead.
- The classic Nokia 1100 is the biggest-selling electrical gadget in history. More than 250 million devices have been sold. The Nokia 3310 recently made a comeback and was one of the most popular handsets of the early 2000s.
- In the US, people spend 4.7 hours on their devices every day, with three hours being devoted to non-voice activity like playing games, scrolling through Facebook and reading the news. People now spend more time using mobile apps than watching television.
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