If you've ever pondered, "How useful are smartphones and tablets? Can a layperson use them productively?" Let’s try to answer those questions and soothe any concerns. These devices may initially seem confusing, but they were mainly designed to simplify our lives and not complicate them.
Now, you may wonder what, exactly, a smartphone is. It's a cellular phone that performs many of the functions of a computer, typically having a touchscreen interface, internet access, and an operating system capable of running application software, 'apps' for short. Conversely, a Tablet is a larger version of a smartphone minus the calling capabilities.
As Christians, knowledgeable about the good stewardship of the resources God gives us, we should understand that these devices are tools at our fingertips, waiting to be utilized effectively. So how about we explore the possibilities together?
Smartphones and tablets are like mini-computers. They let you do things like sending emails, browsing the internet, and watching videos. They come with a camera that lets you capture precious moments and store them digitally, avoiding the faded photos of the past.
Smartphones and tablets also make communication easier. You can send text messages or make phone and video calls to stay connected with family and friends. They make international communication more accessible and affordable than traditional landline phone calls.
Now, let’s talk about the applications (apps) that come with these devices. These apps can make your life easier. They can remind you when to take medicine, track your daily meals and exercise routines, and even help you read the Bible.
One particular app that could be beneficial is 'Pill Reminder.' This app sends reminders when it's time to take your medicine, ensuring you never forget to take your prescribed pills.
Another helpful app is 'Senior Fitness.' This app provides easy-to-follow workouts tailored specifically for seniors, helping you stay active and healthy from the comfort of your home.
Are you looking to nourish your soul? 'YouVersion Bible App' can be a great option. It delivers, directly to your device, daily scripture readings, devotionals, and a complete digital Bible. You can even adjust the font size to your liking - no more squinting to read small print.
Regarding safety, these smart devices have built-in features to get help quickly. With a simple “Help!” command or a quick tap of an emergency button, these devices can call 911 or a predefined emergency contact.
If music soothes your soul or you like to catch the latest news, consider apps like Spotify and NPR. These offer a wide range of music genres and stay updated with local and global news at your fingertips.
Are you having trouble remembering all the grandkids’ birthdays? Smartphones and tablets provide a digital calendar where you can set reminders for any event, be it birthdays, anniversaries, or doctor’s appointments, ensuring you never miss a single important date.
Why are smartphones and tablets so confusing? Remember when you first learned to drive, use a microwave, or master a new card game? It was complicated at first, but you eventually got the hang of it through persistent learning and practice.
So, here’s my advice: take it slow—practice using a few functions at a time. Start by using it to call, text, and take photos. Then, slowly explore the apps we've discussed. You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll adapt.
Consider factors like easy-to-use interfaces and adequate customer support when selecting a device. Companies like Apple specifically have customer service trained to assist seniors, guiding them patiently with inquiries or issues.
These devices also come with accessories such as cases to protect them from damage, styluses for easier typing, or larger screens for tablets to watch videos better or read text.
In conclusion, understanding smartphones & tablets requires patience and practice, but the rewards are immense. They open up portals for communication, entertainment, and safety and offer numerous tools to assist in our daily lives.
As we embark on this journey, let's recall Psalm 32:8: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” So, don't be discouraged. Embrace this opportunity to learn, adapt, and flourish with these technological advancements, making the most of the resources God has given to us.
Forbes.com, "The Best Health Apps for Seniors"
SeniorLiving.org, “Guide to Tablets for Seniors”
Apple.com, “Accessories for iPhone”
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