Technology in Our Life Today and How It Has Changed35 minute read
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Updated for June, 2019
Over the years, technology has revolutionized our world. Technology has created amazing tools and resources, putting useful information at our fingertips.
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Modern technology has made it possible for the discovery of many multi-functional devices like the smartwatch and the smartphone. With all of these revolutions, technology has also made our lives easier, faster, better… and more fun.
Four-in-ten seniors now own smartphones, more than double the share that did so in 2013
When it comes to the way we communicate, modern technology has had an impressive influence.
Digital technology has also changed what people term as ‘media.’ The influence of new technology on media is apparent since a media company isn’t necessarily a news platform anymore. A media company is now known as a company that helps pass information across the globe. The amount of global active web users now near 3.2 billion people.
That’s almost half of the world’s population. Around the world, two million smartphones are sold every day. The amount of information being shared on social media networks is phenomenal.
Social media isn’t the only big statement digital technology has made. Neither is social media the only way technology has had an impact in everyone’s life.
The future of technology is even more interesting than what is happening right now
Before the advent of mobile technology, you had to search through a dictionary to understand the meaning of a word. Today, that phenomenon is still preserved, but it is used less and less. Now you can look words up in a dictionary app you downloaded or just search the internet. Beyond words, you can search for practically anything on the internet.
The future of technology is even more interesting than what is happening right now. In few years, driverless cars may be the norm for everyone and robots will have a common place in factories.
Instead of looking forward, let’s focus on highlighting the ways technology has changed our lives today. Below are some of the most common ways we have been transformed by technology.
All you have to do if you want to communicate with someone in society today is to send them a message on social media…Facebook, Twitter, or Skype are all part of everyday life
Technology Has Changed How We Communicate
How has technology helped communication? It’s amazing to look back and see how communication has gotten easier over the years. Communication tools offer one of the greatest examples of technology that has evolved quickly.
In the past, you had to write a letter to communicate with someone. The letter could take days before it was delivered. You also had to track the letter to see if it had been sent to and received by the appropriate person. Errors were not uncommon as well. However, there is no such phenomenon today—science and technology have made sure of this. To communicate with someone in society today, you have so many options at your fingertips. You can send them a message on social media, text them, email, or put a call through.
Who hasn’t heard of Facebook, Twitter, or Skype? Even if you don’t use these platforms, they’re a part of everyday life and aren’t going away anytime soon. Irrespective of the location of the individual, the message gets delivered on these platforms at the same rate and speed. It’ll be sent even if the message recipient is right beside you or on the other side of the globe. You can also send voice messages through this platforms, which is delivered in nanoseconds.
The way we use our phones has changed drastically as well. In addition to social media platforms, there are also many other applications specifically designed for communication. If you don’t want to sign up for a social platform, you can use something like WhatsApp. With WhatsApp, you’re able to message family and friends and even make calls over WiFi. This is a great option if you have friends overseas in different countries or simply don’t have a phone plan.
Technology Has Changed How We Pay Bills And Transfer Money
No more do you have to enter a bank to withdraw money or transfer it to someone. Many banks have already made banking possible online and accessible to people everywhere. Companies like PayPal and Venmo have created platforms where people can send and receive money from any location using the internet.
Paying bills has also been simplified thanks to technology. Your payments can be automated when they’re due rather than having to remember to send a check in. With your cell phone and a banking app, you can do all the necessary bill payments online.
It’s even easy to pay for things using only your smartphone. You don’t have to carry cash when you go shopping. Apple Pay and Google Wallet link your bank account to your mobile phone, where your money is secure. The same machines you use to swipe your credit card at the store now allow mobile payments from your phone.
It seems like there are more and more technologies to have to keep up with. These technologies actually make it so that you can worry about less things. With all the payment capabilities available these days, you could leave home without your wallet and be just fine.
Using Technology for Shopping
When you’re busy or don’t want to leave the home, online shopping is an easy way to buy what you need. To online shop, you’re only a couple clicks away from buying the things you need. There is no hassle and no need to make several trips to retail stores.
Your average yard sale has even been brought online. With websites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, you can browse listings from people in your area. These are people who are looking to get rid of their used furniture, clothes, appliances, and more. Using these websites, you can view items based on what you need and your budget. Just like the technologies we listed above, these online marketplaces use secure payment methods that don’t require cash.
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Technology Has Changed How We Watch TV
Technology has changed how we watch television today. Cable companies are continuously rolling out new features which allow viewers to pause and rewind live TV, and record their favorite programs to watch later.
With your mobile devices, you can watch, or “stream” the tv shows you want, when you want, and how you want. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video all offer access to various cable tv shows, as well as original content for a low monthly price. Disney is also getting into the streaming game, with the recent announcement of their new streaming service Disney+. Streaming is just another way to watch your favorite shows, but it uses the internet instead of cable. It can be a more cost-effective way to watch television. You don’t have to pay for large cable bundles with channels you don’t use. Streaming services offer movies and TV shows that are grouped by genre, so it’s easy to find your favorites.
With streaming, you can watch on the go – all you need is an internet connection. Many of the streaming services we listed above have mobile applications that allow you to download content to your mobile devices. This allows you to watch even if you don’t have internet access.
More and more TVs these days are even designed for streaming. “Smart TVs” have Wi-Fi capability, which allows them to connect to streaming services using the internet. Smart TVs allow you to access more programs and even save money. With a Smart TV, you can access to streaming services and cable channels. To save money, you can even opt out of cable altogether. It all depends on your budget and what you enjoy watching.
New TVs are also capable of displaying pictures far beyond what they’ve displayed in the past. A standard definition TV displays 720 horizontal pixels. Today, it’s more common for TVs to have 4k resolution, which is 4,000 horizontal pixels. That means TVs today show a picture with nearly 6x more definition than standard definition TVs. This makes for a much better viewing experience and can make your favorite shows and movies that much more enjoyable.
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How Has Technology Changed Our Entertainment?
Beyond television, technology has significantly changed the ways we find and consume entertainment in our daily lives.
Paper books will always be around. However, e-reader devices have made reading easier when you’re on the go. An e-reader device like a Kindle or Nook can hold thousands of books without taking up space in your home. It’s a great way to have multiple options on hand if you’re going on a trip or vacation.
When it comes to music, technology has also helped consolidate the devices we use. We can access our music no matter where we are. In the same vein as books; vinyl records, CDs, cassettes and other physical albums will always have their place. They serve a unique purpose in enjoying music. However, just as it’s possible to stream movies and TV shows, you can also stream your favorite songs and albums.
Platforms like Spotify and Apple Music have made it possible to access millions of artists all at a monthly fee. While it isn’t the same as owning your favorite album, streaming gives you the opportunity to listen to music easily. The amount of devices with music streaming capabilities continues to grow. You can use your smartphone, computer, car, portable speakers, and even TVs to listen to your favorite songs.
Dating platforms have helped people connect with their match with speed that neither of the party has to waste the other person’s time.
Technology Has Changed How We Date
How has the internet improved our lives? One way is through the ease of meeting new people.
With the proliferation of online dating sites, you can register on a website, find a match and start to communicate at your own pace. Many people don’t meet face to face until they decide there is a connection. This allows you to live your life and protect your privacy while still getting to know someone new.
For better or worse, technology has also made it possible for you to find people’s information on the internet through social media. You can gain access to the information you want to know about a particular person. Some people who aren’t used to social media may view this as an unnecessary new part of life. However, it’s helpful to get to know people and keep up with them through busy schedules. Especially for seniors, online dating is helpful during a stage of life where it’s normally difficult to meet new people.
Online dating platforms have millions of registered users and have received lots of good reviews from every part of the world. Dating platforms have helped people connect with their match in a way where neither party has to waste the other person’s time. It is comfortable, straightforward, safe, and it works.
One of the most popular types of apps to be used today is for ride sharing.
Technology Has Changed How We Live In and Outside of Our Homes
How Does the Internet of Things Work With Home Devices?
All of the technology mentioned above has been made possible because of the internet. New websites, platforms and applications will continue to be developed to revolutionize the way we live our lives. However, the latest internet technology isn’t always accessible on screens, and it’s called the Internet of Things (IoT). The internet of things allows everyday objects to be synced up to the internet through Wi-Fi. This makes their usual functions accessible remotely and automated through data available on the world wide web. It may sound complicated, but it’s the same technology we’ve been using for years, now accessible through different objects.
Some examples of objects that use IoT today include driverless cars, fitness trackers like FitBits, thermostats, and doorbells. Objects that use IoT are also commonly referred to as smart objects (think of smart TVs).
We’ll use the example of a smart thermostat to describe how it works. By connecting to the internet, you’re able to use a smart thermostat remotely through your computer or smartphone. They’ll usually have their own application that you can open and control no matter where you are. For example, what if you’d like to cool the house down while you’re away? All you would have to do is open the smart thermostat app to tell it what to do.
Because these devices are so “smart” though, you usually don’t need to do much when using them. The sensors on these thermostats are specifically designed to optimize your home for energy efficiency. Once you set your desired temperature, the thermostat can work on its own to keep your home at the best temperature. The thermostat won’t waste energy by staying on longer than needed.
If smart devices seem overwhelming to you, there may be an easy solution: voice assistants. These include Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri. With a voice assistant, you can control all of the smart devices in your home and access the internet by speaking. It’s as easy to use as having a conversation. These devices can connect to all of the types of smart devices we mentioned above and more. They’re also handy to have inside your home for one of the most basic uses of the internet – finding information. All you need to do is ask your voice assistant a question, and it will give you an answer found online.
Using Technology for Food Delivery
A lot of the technology we’ve already described helps make our lives easier by saving time and effort. Another example of this type of technology is food delivery. We all lead busy lives that could use some extra time. The ability to have things brought to your home is especially helpful for seniors or those with disability or sickness. One aspect of our lives that we often take for granted is the ability to head over to the grocery store.
Food delivery can come in many different forms. Currently, there are many mobile apps that allow you to order delivery from your favorite restaurants. We’re not talking about your standard pizza delivery. These apps pay people just like you to pick up takeout almost anywhere. A few examples of these apps include Postmates, Uber Eats, and DoorDash.
Many of these same apps and others offer grocery delivery, such as Instacart and Shipt. A lot of grocery stores like Walmart, Target and Kroger even offer their own delivery or pick-up options. This is a great option if you love to cook but can’t make it to the grocery store that often. It can also help if you find it difficult to leave the house yet would like to make home-cooked meals.
Lastly, you can also use subscription-based food delivery companies to get meals sent to your doorstep every week. These come in different forms. For example, companies like Blue Apron and HelloFresh send meal kits with all the ingredients for a set of recipes. It’s like getting groceries delivered, but you know exactly what to cook with step-by-step instructions.
If you don’t cook, there are also companies that deliver pre-made meals. Some examples of these companies include Magic Kitchen, Silver Cuisine, and The Good Kitchen. While frozen tends to mean less nutritious, these companies have put a lot of time and research into developing good recipes. They still taste great after being reheated yet also contain nutritional value for different people, including vegetarians, diabetics, and seniors. These options also remove the need for time consuming grocery shopping and cooking.
Using Technology in Transportation
We touched on driverless cars and the technology behind them (IoT), but this technology has yet to become commonplace. When it does, it will lead to fewer accidents on the road. It will also make transportation more accessible to everyone. People will be able to use cars even if they have disabilities or live in areas without public transportation. Driverless cars will use sensors to understand when to break, speed up, turn, and park.
Until the development of technology for driverless cars is ready, people will still be using planes, trains and regular automobiles to travel. Technology has made some of these options easier to use. One of the most popular types of apps to be used today is for ride sharing. This includes companies like Lyft and Uber. The technology in their apps allows people to hail a ride from anywhere, just like a taxi cab. The best part about these apps is that the driver is trackable from a GPS map. Rides are also accessible nearly everywhere, even in areas where there usually aren’t any taxis. The companies let everyday people with modern cars apply to become drivers. Once they pass a background test, they’re eligible to start giving rides through the app.
Some people are hesitant to take rides from strangers. To make it safer, the apps have rating systems in place to ensure the drivers are doing their jobs well. The companies also continually update their security measures to make sure riders are safe.
Through wearables or floor and bed sensors, small devices are capable of knowing when someone falls.
Technology Has Changed How We Stay Safe
One of the best ways technology has changed our lives is in keeping us safer. Through technology, we’re living longer than ever before. While there have been countless technology advances in hospitals and medicine, there are also new technologies we can use at home. These enhance our everyday lives with safety and protection.
For seniors or people with disabilities, IoT devices are some of the best technologies for keeping them safe at home. One great example is fall detection technology. Through wearables or floor and bed sensors, small devices are capable of knowing when someone falls. Once these sensors go off, caregivers are alerted through intercoms or mobile alerts. Outside of IoT devices, simple medical alerts can keep the elderly or disabled safe. Usually through a wearable device, the user presses a button when they need assistance. A caregiver or loved one nearby is alerted knows to check on them.
Smart security systems at home can also keep you safe from intruders. When these alarms go off, they can begin recording with a camera around your home, and will also alert security professionals. These systems also connect to an app that you can access on your phone. You can view live footage of what’s going on in your home or disable alarms remotely.
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There are more ways in which technology has changed the way we live. These are just some of the fundamental ways we have been influenced and transformed by technology.
The revolutions that will surface in few years to come will far outweigh what has been experienced in the past. Especially for seniors, the continual changes can be hard to keep up with. Luckily, there is a lot of new technology for seniors that is specifically designed to be helpful and easy to use. Rather than being overwhelmed, embrace technology to discover how it can enhance and become and important part of your daily life.