It is little wonder that we live in an age of technological advancement. For most people, the idea of technology is only related to gadgets and devices that come with power buttons. But technology comes in various forms and impacts our lives in so many different ways daily. The impact covers every area of our lives – health, fashion, business, travel, etc. There have been several mind-blowing discoveries and easier ways of doing things as a result of technology – all these have drastically changed our way of life. Here are some ways technology has impacted our daily lives.
Technology has brought with it different forms of communication media. Not too long ago, we could only rely on our landline telephones, which was a huge technological advancement at that time. Before telephones came onto the scene, we mostly communicated by post. The continuous improvement in technology has led to the creation of different communication platforms that include video calls or conferences, voicemails, emails, websites, social media, and so many other examples.
The issues of distance and time have been almost eliminated as far as communication technology is concerned. This has brought immense benefits to both our professional and personal relationships. Communication has promoted and merged so many different cultures from around the world, with people being able to communicate with others from different continents, share ideas, and even build relationships. However, there are always so many potential risks to look out for. Social media may be fun, but it can also affect people’s social skills. So don’t forget to go out there and spend time with those around you.
Improved Home Entertainment
There were days when most of our experiences, as far as entertainment is concerned, were based on live-action – that is, we needed to be there to experience it. We lived in the same moment the event happened with the memories exiting in our minds or sometimes printed into old-style, framed photographs. Today, we have the luxury of visiting museums and other locations not close to us right from the comfort of our homes.
Technologies such as virtual tours have brought tourist destinations across the world right into our living rooms with nothing but a simple smartphone, tablet, or computer. We no longer have to rush to stores to check out or buy video cassettes, DVDs, or CDs of our favorite movies and songs. Today, we can simply download them right from home. And gone are all those chunky television sets with poor display quality and lower definition and took up so much space in our homes. Today’s televisions are flat, digital, smart, with very high definitions. There is even 3D technology that makes you feel you are part of the action. We now have entertainment consoles such as Xbox and PlayStation units that offer better gaming experience.
Improved Lifestyle & Fashion
Generally, digitization and technological advancement has completely evolved fashion and its industry at large. With the creation of new technologies that take advantage of AI (artificial intelligence), fashion lovers can now have personalized experiences and solutions that cater to their concerns and needs. You can also make all your purchases of your favorite clothes and accessories online and even pick out your preferred style, color, size, etc. right from home. A simple “my look“ search on Google, for example, can provide different options relating to appearance and fashion.
Designers also have different kinds of software at their disposal to make the designing process less time-consuming. A lot of the stuff we have at home today are either fully or semi-automated. There are automated lighting controls, security cameras, door locks, and so many more – all these help make our lives easier, safer, or more organized at home. For example, you no longer need to keep checking on your baking to ensure that they don’t get burnt. All you need to do is to set your preferred temperature or cooking time and relax.
Technology has combined with the health sector to improve the quality of the latter in so many ways. Many hospitals across the world have been able to integrate different kinds of modern technology into the way they provide treatment. From the surgical rooms to consultancy and examinations, the time taken to diagnose and treat patients has been greatly improved, making it possible for medical professionals to take care of more patients in less time. Aside from hospitals, individuals have access to simple gadgets that allow them to monitor different aspects of their well-being – from checking sugar level to heart rate. Also, there are many kinds of mobile apps that enable people to check and maintain their weights.
The internet is also filled with almost any kind of medical information, all accessible from a smartphone. Thus, most people simply look up simple remedies without needing to go to the hospital. Lots of medical professionals also offer their services online, making them available to patients outside of their geographical location. However, we do not in any way encourage self-diagnosis, as the results are not always accurate. It is always best to speak with a doctor.
Education has not been left out of the impact of technology. Access to education has been expanded, with a vast amount of information now available online – whether in the form of videos, audio, books, articles, or images. Also, enrollment in schools no longer comes with the difficulty it used to have. Almost anyone with the right qualifications can search for, enroll, as well as complete online courses for any preferred area of study.
Technology has also made it easy for students to study from almost anywhere they find comfortable – no need to be in a physical classroom or library in order to get access to study materials. The benefit of e-learning platforms means that students can join virtual classrooms from the comfort of their homes. All one will need are a decent wireless connection and a computer, tablet or smartphone, to be able to read or download course modules, have discussions with your colleagues, be part of group presentations, share visual lessons, and so much more.