How apps have replaced your mother



Mothers have been solving the problems of their children for generations. Right from when you fall over in the garden and graze your knee to when you need to find a way to pay for the deposit on a house.

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I seem to spend more time with my tablet than my mum

Yet the mother of this particular blogger has been feeling a little neglected lately, and rumour has it that she isn’t the only one.

“Why don’t you come to me with your problems anymore?” she asked me over the weekend.

I may be long past the age where I graze my knee – excluding rare slip ups while throwing shapes on a night out – but who doesn’t still run the odd problem past their mum first?

Well, I don’t anymore, not since I bought a tablet and a smartphone and dived headfirst into the world of apps…

Now I only have to reach for the gadget in my pocket or on the desk next to me to find the answer to all of life’s questions.

There’s an app for that…

If I’m unsure how much tomato puree should go in that lasagne then there’s no need to give mum a call anymore – I can just flick through a cookery app on my phone.

The same goes for working out how to get to my grandma’s house, where the nearest café to the cinema is or sorting out my tax return.

Now you can even get answers to health problems on your smartphone or tablet, thanks to a popular new app from NHS Direct. It walks you through your symptoms before setting up a call-back from a nurse or telling you not to worry for now… but you’re still mummy’s little soldier.

So I’ve started choosing clever apps ahead of human interaction, safe in the knowledge that my Motorola Xoom will never judge me for asking what turns out to be a silly question.

While mums might be a bit put out at not being the first port of call, looking up medical symptoms on apps before ringing the NHS could save time and money for doctors and nurses.

It could also help people with embarrassing problems take the first step towards healthcare services, so apps really can be a force for good.

Perhaps my mum shouldn’t feel so bad about a gadget being consulted ahead of her, it seems as though she’s not the only person to be marginalised by apps. I’m sure she’ll still find time to give her opinion anyway!

Have you consulted apps to solve any of life’s little problems? Comment below…