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Have you ever heard people say, “Things were better years ago. Kids today are too glued to tablets and computers.”? Sometimes it was simple things going to the library to get a book. As with most things we tend to put a nostalgic rose-colored tint on everything. People were healthier back then! Perhaps some of this is true, but overall technology has given us massive improvements in our daily lives. Let’s take a look at some of the ways, that technology (whether you love it or hate it) has improved our lives.
It has never been easier to keep in touch with the people you genuinely love. Years ago, when a family member moved to Australia, you’d be reliant on snail mail and phone calls just to make sure they were okay. Lets not forget the cost of a telephone call there. While there is a certain deliciousness in receiving a handwritten letter and sending one for that matter, it isn’t always the most practical. For example, when someone you care about is sick or in the hospital – awaiting a letter or a costly phone call can be such an anxious time. But now, we have the means to send everything we want to say with a mobile device using i3Broadband for example. When babies are born we no longer have to wait for the mailed photograph. We can get all the details via Skype or Facetime in seconds. On the flip side we have perhaps lost the art of great face-to-face conversations. But, overall, the communication capabilities are much bigger than in previous years, and the impact is mostly positive.
This one has grown in ways that no one could have predicted. Large corporations have, and always will leverage leaps in technology to make the big bucks – after all, that is precisely what they are supposed to be doing. Another business perk, however, is that more people can now run a business entirely from home. Which is excellent news for the economy in general. Almost every house has a computer and an internet connection now, meaning that anyone with a little bit of time and some big ideas can create an at home business. You can take advantage of the current boom in the gig economy, and sign up to websites like Upwork, Freelancer, People Per Hour and Fivver and see what type of jobs are available.
Personal Growth & Learning
The age of information. Potentially the information has always been available to those who sought it out, but now even the most fleeting of questions can be answered in a matter of seconds.
When it comes to learning, we are now lucky enough to be able to take a whole degree online. Universities all over the globe have opened up their curriculum and put it in easy to access, and cheaper to take, online courses. The impact of technology like tablets and laptops has meant that teachers now have even more tools at their disposal. There are countless website which are dedicated to providing resources written by other teachers. Children in classes now use online learning programs, that can also be accessed at home – giving them so much more learning opportunity and what they enjoy in school can be extended into the house and experienced with their parents.
Personal growth, mindfulness, being in the moment and stress management are all things that are accessible both via a computer, classes and via apps. Modern life demands more from people, and that is partly because the world of business and work no longer stop – it doesn’t have to. So we can now take steps to learn more about ourselves, what makes us happy, how we can maximize our own strengths and work on our weaknesses. In fact, there are now watches which can tell us so much about ourselves simply by tracking out blood pressure and sleep patterns. All the information we can use to improve our lives.
Some companies have made strides to have books work alongside augmented reality technology to provide a best of both worlds approach to learning.
Once you have an innovation culture, even those who are not scientists or engineers – poets, actors, journalists – they, as communities, embrace the meaning of what it is to be scientifically literate. They embrace the concept of an innovation culture. They vote in ways that promote it. They don’t fight science, and they don’t fight technology. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
They say it takes a village, but in the modern world, it has never been more challenging to find the time to grow yours. By the time you have finished the school runs, your part-time or full-time job, the extracurricular stuff, the cleaning, the cooking… and finding 3 minutes peace (if you can). It can feel like you’re going it alone a lot of the time. Something that many women have openly discussed and written about is how lonely it can be raising children in modern times. Millions of parents have started using portals like facebook, twitter, and online forums to find ‘their tribe.’ It might not be as easy as it once was to share a cup of tea with a close friend, but sometimes making a few close friends that you can talk to via Whatsapp or Twitter, or Facebook can mean an awful lot.
All of these different platforms and different at home technology has given us the power to build a community of like-minded people – without the pressure of the real-life coffee date.
If you have a parenting question to ask at 3am, the chances are someone somewhere will be awake and able to put your mind at ease. Or, if you need someone to speak to and you just simply can’t make a face-2-face, you can message your friend in a different country and still feel supported.
This one combines the community and the learning, and could eventually be a business. Blogging, vlogging, writing, graphic design, and photo editing are among some of the skills that you can do from home. With a quick google, you can find the best software to use, and away you go. In fact, many people who blog can make an entire living from home! But, it doesn’t end there. YouTube and other platforms mean if there is a skill you really want to learn, the chances are, that there is someone out there who has made a detailed video to help you learn it.
Finding something you love, and learning about new methods of doing things is a significant part of modern technology. Connecting with people who have the same hobbies and getting creative is a great way to spend time.
Where once you might have needed to stand in a queue for the latest toy for your child, the newest game release or even a clothing line – that is rarely ever the case now. You can pre-order games, films, make-up and even clothing. And, of course, the downside to this is, that smaller brick and mortar stores have paid a steep price – with hundreds shutting down every week. However, smart businesses prospered by creating a great online shopping experience and are no doubt cashing in on that. In the UK 87% of purchases are now made online, and that doesn’t include the weekly shop, and in 2017 US shoppers spent a whopping $108 billion during the holiday season – which accounted for 80% of purchases. It also means consumers can enjoy some deep discounts because not only do retailers compete on price, but they have fewer overheads like rental costs of shops.
This is also great for people who are perhaps less mobile than others, getting what they need, direct to their door is ideal.
Health & Family
While it could be argued that with all the new technology advancements we are more likely to stay in our loungewear and surf the internet all day, you can also say that doctors and scientists have made some brilliant and innovative breakthroughs.
Most of us have benefited from better scanning machines, quicker medical notes when you’ve been to the hospital, blood tests can be back in hours when needed. We also have things like Smartwatches and Fitbits, that can encourage us to move more and give us detailed information on our sleeping habits and heart rate.
And, when it comes to starting or growing your families, IVF has come on leaps and bounds, and the ability to meet and care for children halfway around the world. Technology and science have given hope to millions of people where previously there was none – and that is pretty magical.