Sometimes I wonder how people survived without smartphones. I’m being completely honest when I say how I don’t understand how there weren’t significantly more accidents when people were trying to find their way and they had to use physical maps while driving. We think texting and driving is dangerous, imagine losing complete site due to the massive unfolding maps while trying to navigate where north and south is. Or when people needed to send a document they would have to hand deliver it, potentially miles away, after printing it all out and binding it, when we can drag a document and click send.
The ease of use apps and technology to do menial tasks saves us immense time and stress when we are able to do it with the click of a button, especially in college. This article will go over a few of the most critical apps and how different our lives would be if we didn’t have the convenience of them.
This was naturally the first that came to mind as I just came back from the grocery store using this convenient app. Especially when it comes to Boston College, it is incredibly difficult to get a parking pass and it then becomes expensive to park on campus, pay for gas and insurance, and then pay to park wherever you drive. This app not only makes it a lot more cost efficient, but also makes for an incredibly convenient experience. It picks you up exactly where you are so you don’t have to walk to your car and then drops you off where you want to be without having to worry about parking or distance from the nearest parking garage. Yes public transportation would be much more cost effective and better for the environment, but the convenience that comes with this technology is unmatched. Uber is definitely at the top of my list in terms of “hot” college apps because
What was once purposed for the cause of sexting, has become one of the most used apps in the world. The ability to connect with each other for something that lasts no longer than 10 seconds not only feeds to our short attention span, but also serves as an entertaining and humorous way. Whether it is sending someone a picture indicating a message or showing them an event, these short messages help keep us connected. Additionally, the story feature allows us to broadcast what we are doing, what we are watching and who we are seeing which allows college students to be made aware of events on or off campus, potential activities we are participate in, and is a great way to learn about restaurants or shopping areas around school.
How many of you have been at a restaurant and see someone you know but can’t remember their names? In the old days you had to play a game where you tried to introduce someone to this person to remind yourself of their names, but nowadays if you have a few key pieces of information: hometown, high school, college, job, first name, and you can find them on Facebook or Instagram. This has also become a method of recon. Where one used to have to ask around about a person’s interest or in some cases their past relationships, one can now back stalk them to see what they used to be like are what they are into now. Both of these apps have served as tools during college to both showcase what we do during the year, but also are a way of connecting with people through pictures and information regarding what they like/dislike. It has also made our world much smaller. What used to be six degrees of separation has become just over 4.
It’s hard to spot people without headphones in their ears while walking across campus. Whether they are listening to nothing, or connected to their latest songs on Spotify/Apple Music, people are connecting in a new way through music. People used to walk on with their walk-mans with limited songs on repeat, and now we have access to massive libraries of music that are at the touch of a button. We can see what people are listening to, what others around the world are loving, and are developing our music taste and libraries based on others. This is an incredible ability to connect through this universal language of music.
“I’ll pay you back later bro” used to be a saying coming from a friend you knew was never going to actually pay you back. You bought them dinner and you were never going to see that money again. Until now, the app that has made everyone financially accountable to those they are in debt to. Especially in college when you are ordering drinks or meals, it is easier to just put one card down and then split over Vemno. This has unfortunately become one of my most used apps simply because of the efficiency and ease of paying for anything over this app versus in cash (because who even carries cash anymore?).
Others that didn’t make the list, yet will receive honorable mention there include:
- LinkedIn: Gotta have it if you want a job
- Twitter: Trying to stay updated in a tech way
- Pinterest: Looking for recipes or trying to be hip
- News: If you’re trying to stay woke
- Mail/Google Drive: For the overachievers trying to stay ultra organizedert
- Netflix: Gotta have those movies and shows on the go
Think my rankings wrong/apps are out of order, lmk below as I’m interested how we all differ in our usage of our apps.