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With all the advances in our society in the last century, many new types of technology have emerged. Some are not so helpful and just are a money grab, while others have surprisingly changed our lives forever. Here are some technological advancements we never knew we needed but now couldn’t imagine living without.

1. GPS

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Before GPS came out, people used to carry maps around with them when traveling. They had to go out and purchase a map of areas they had never been before. Now, we have all the maps of the world at our fingertips, along with travel times, notifications about traffic, and more.

2. YouTube

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Not only is it great for entertainment, but the amount of knowledge available on YouTube is enormous. Before YouTube, people had to rely on learning from someone they knew or attending a class to learn, but now you can find a video teaching you how to do almost anything on YouTube. And the best part is it’s FREE!

3. Smart Phones

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Cell phones have been around for a while, but more recently, the advancement of smartphones has changed people’s lives. Now, there are games, education, video calling, and the ability to find the answers to any possible question at our fingertips!

4. Graphic Design Programs

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Previously, people used to use chartpak and glue, which can be time-consuming. Now, everything is done by drag-and-drop programs and gives us the ability to share designs digitally.

5. Pharmaceuticals

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The advancements over the last 100 years have been life-changing for the health of millions of people. Our quality of life, longevity, and life expectancy has all improved thanks to the advancements of modern medicine.

6. Indoor Plumbing, Electricity, and Refrigeration

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Believe it or not, parts of the South and other areas didn’t have access to these amenities until the late 1950s. Although it is a basic necessity of living now, this wasn’t the case only a few decades ago.

7. Cameras on Cars

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The addition of cameras on cars to assist in parking and backing up helped remove blind spots for drivers. The cameras can also alert drivers when a person or object is in their field of motion.

8. Detergent

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Before the advancements in stain removal, parents had to work much harder to prevent their kids from getting their clothing dirty. Today, it’s not much trouble; we simply toss it in the machine with a pod, and it comes out clean..easy peasy!

9. Banking

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Before online banking, people had to go into their branch if they wanted to deposit checks or move money from one account to another. Now, it can be all done from the comfort of home or on the go.

10. Household Chores

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With technological advancements and the invention of many gadgets, household chores are getting easier. There are dishwashers, automated vacuum cleaners, and steam-cleaning devices that help us save more time than ever before.

11. Music

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Not only has how we listen to music changed, but also who can make music has. All the advancements have made it that much easier for the average person to record their music and post it online for everyone to hear.

12. Air Conditioning

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Not until recently has air conditioning been available to the masses. The house or building would need to have it built in. Now, there are so many different types of units to choose from. Many units can be moved easily so any room can be cooled.

13. Watches

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Watches have advanced a lot over the years, from needing a battery to being solar-charged. Now, smart watches allow us to take calls, text, and monitor our heart health.

14. Audiobooks

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Audiobooks have been around for a while. However, they have gotten a way broader selection in the last few years, as well as improved sound quality.

15. Online Shopping

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Just 15 years ago, the selection for online shopping was lackluster, at best. Now, almost every popular retailer has an online store. Companies like Amazon have also made quick delivery times such a priority that many people don’t even bother heading into brick-and-mortar stores as often.

13 Discontinued Items That People Want To Bring Back Immediately

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We all have items we absolutely love and buy all the time. Then the inevitable happens, and the item is discontinued. You find a replacement, but it’s just not the same. Or you reminisce back in time to a cool gadget you wish still was around to purchase. According to an online poll, these are the top-voted items that people would love to see hit the market again. 13 Discontinued Items That People Want To Bring Back Immediately

15 Stereotypical Coworkers Who Probably Work in Your Office

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We have all heard of some of the stereotypical personalities in movies and TV shows, the boss’ pet or the goodie-two-shoes, but there are so many more personalities out there. We found a discussion in a popular online forum discussing some examples of other workplace personalities. Here are some of the top responses. 15 Stereotypical Coworkers Who Probably Work in Your Office

15 Things People Are Less Willing To Tolerate as They Get Older

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As we age, we experience endless changes – our tastes, our bodies, and the way we approach different situations. Often we notice that our patience wears more quickly, and we are less tolerant of specific things that didn’t bother us once upon a time. Here are some examples people recently shared in an online poll; which ones resonate with you? 15 Things People Are Less Willing To Tolerate as They Get Older

15 Things People Are Constantly Warned About But Choose To Ignore

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Growing up, most of us are told by parents, caregivers, and teachers to be safe. They warn us that if we don’t take precautions, we will suffer the consequences and get hurt. An internet poll asked users to share something they warn people about, but they don’t heed their warnings. Here are some of the most popular responses. 15 Things People Are Constantly Warned About But Choose To Ignore

17 Conspiracy Theories That Would Rock the World if They Were Actually True

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We’ve all heard a conspiracy theory or two in our lifetime. Most of the time, we wave them off and give them no attention, but sometimes they do prove to be true. Recently, people weighed in online to share the most ridiculous conspiracy theories they believe would rock the world if proven to be true. Here are some of the most popular responses. 17 Conspiracy Theories That Would Rock the World if They Were Actually True

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