Does modern technology make your life easier? The short answer: is yes. Advancements in technology have grown exponentially in the past twenty to thirty years, especially with the advent of the internet. Our lives have become more interconnected than ever before and we can access just about anything we want and need with a few devices. In the past, we would have had to have done a lot of painstaking work before getting some items, but today, with a mobile phone in your hands, the world is at your fingertips.
Life is better when technology can give you what you’re looking for in just a few seconds. But you must not let technology take the reigns away from you. Make sure that even though it makes your life so much easier and more convenient, it does not turn you into a complete couch potato. But with that in mind, here are five ways that technology has improved modern life compared to before.
The World in Your Hands
Computers and especially smartphones have made the world smaller than ever. Before them, if you wanted to speak to friends and family across the world, you had to send a letter which can take weeks. Today, you can take the phone out of your pocket, open a messaging app, and start an instant conversation. The same thing can be applied to your shopping habits.
Before being able to shop in the convenience of your own home, you had to go from store to store physically before deciding on an option. Many times, people would just go to the local stores and just purchase what is on the shelf. Today, you can browse from store to store on their individual websites. This allows you to compare prices, quality and peer reviews before making purchasing decisions.
With the internet, social media, and search engines, ignorance is becoming more or less a choice today for you. For any subject you have a passing interest in, you simply open up google and type it in, and more often than not you will find answers on the subject you are looking for. For young people and students, school work has never been easier to find information for major research papers and projects. While peer-reviewed articles are not replaceable with online answers and encyclopedias, they are easier to access. No longer do you have to go to the library and spend hours searching, you can do so from the comfort of your home.
News is more current than ever. Before you had to wait for the evening news or the next day’s newspaper to catch up on current events. Today, the news is as current as ever with the internet and social media. Something that might have happened ten minutes ago halfway around the world can make headlines right away on sites like Twitter and Facebook if what happened is significant enough. Knowledge is often just a click away for you and anyone who has access to the internet.
Perhaps you are old enough to remember having to go on a road trip and having to use maps to navigate. Today, GPS technology is so prevalent that it is strong enough to even pinpoint the exact location of a hole in a golf course. Getting self-help and guidance is easier than ever and it need not only apply to navigation.
If you want to learn a new skill or need some assistance in a task or choice, you simply need to look it up online and you will find an abundance of resources to show you how things are done. Even if you misplaced your installation instructions for a product you purchased long ago, you can easily find it again online from the company’s website.
You can now connect aspects of your home via smart home technology. With it, you can control things like the thermostat, the lights, and specific items like motorized dual roller shades from away from home. Not only does smart technology help control your home while in it, adding a great convenience factor for you, but it also allows you to watch and operate it while away. For example, you can turn off or lower your thermostat settings while no one is there and have the AC or heater crank up while you and your family are on your way back from work and school, allowing the house to reach the temperature you want just before you get back. With that, you gain a lot of savings from the added energy efficiency.
More Control of Your Life
Modern technology is designed to make things easier for you. The convenience gained from automation, faster flow of technology, and computer assistance has allowed you to gain more time back for yourself. This in turn gives you more control over your life, with technology handling a lot of tasks that previously would have been done manually or needing more processes to accomplish. Technology is still evolving as well, meaning that future generations will probably have easier lives than even today. But for now, celebrate what you got, and thank modern technology for the convenience it has afforded you.