5 Ways Technology Has Changed Our Lives For The Better
Advances in technology have totally changed the way we live our lives today. The speed with which the changes have happened and are still happening is sometimes hard to comprehend!
Everything we do today and the way in which we do it could be totally different in just a couple of years time; for example, advancement in robot technology means parents might never have to battle with children again about keeping their room clean because a robot is being developed that will do it for them!
Below are 5 ways technology has changed our lives for the better.
1 – Communication
We’ve been able to keep in touch on the telephone for many years, however, phoning a relative abroad could prove too costly for some. The Royal Mail was relied upon to keep us in touch with relatives overseas.
The only problem, however, was that it wasn’t a very speedy way to communicate, it could take weeks for a letter to arrive at its destination. With the introduction of the internet and email, we suddenly had a much faster way to communicate.
Social networks seemed to spring up out of nowhere. letting us find old and new friends. Suddenly we had smartphones that could let us, not only communicate in real time, but also enable us to have video chats, the likes of which had only been seen on Star Trek!
Making a move to live overseas isn’t as much of a big deal now as it would have been back in the 80s.
2 – Money
Not only do you not need to carry a chequebook or any cash with you these days, you don’t even need to carry a bank card. Your smartphone and an app can pay for goods at the checkout. You can even pay a carpark fee by using your phone.
The number of high street banks is dwindling because we no longer need to go to an actual bank. Everything we need to do such as pay bills, transfer money, check our balance and set up standing orders or direct debits can all be done through a banking app.
If you’re worried about doing your banking online, you don’t need to be; the advancement of VPN technology means all of your online activity can be totally protected and secure. As an added bonus, you can also access content from countries that would otherwise be restricted from your location.
3 – Watching TV
Gone are the days when you’d have to rush to the kitchen to make a cuppa during an advertisement break on T.V. and have to keep nipping back and forth so you didn’t miss any of the programme. Now you just pause it!
We also need not worry about having to choose between the 2 big shows on at primetime; we can record multiple shows on at the same time and watch them at our leisure.
Not only watch what we want when we want, but we can also watch it wherever we want as well, thanks to smartphones and mobile data.
4 – Finding a mate
The number of people finding love online is growing year on year. According to the latest research from E-Harmony, over 50% of couples will have met online and by 2040 that will rise to 70%
There are almost 8000 dating sites in the world. Many are started to help people with very specific goals, for example, Gluten Free Singles, Clown Dating, Date a Golfer and many more!
Online dating does have its pros and cons, however.
Statistics show that people who meet online get married sooner than those who don’t and are less likely to end it within the first year.
Statistics also show a rise in people being scammed out of their money when using online dating sites.
It’s important to be vigilant and to take all the necessary steps to keep yourself safe.
5 – Voice Assistants
Whether it’s Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri or Samsung’s Bixby, you’re all probably aware of voice assistants by now.
A voice assistant can perform everyday tasks simply by asking them for help. They can make shopping lists, add events to calendars, find an answer to just about any question you can think of and even control smart home appliances like heating and lights.
We’ve gone from having to search huge encyclopedias, spend hours at the library and having to get up to turn on a light, to just being able to pick up our smartphone and tell it what we need.
Technology is amazing and I can’t wait to see what the technological future holds for us.
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