The Internet broke into our lives changing completely, and forever, the way we communicate. We stopped writing letters by hand to send emails, we began to interact in real-time, losing our fear of our privacy online. Technological advancement changed our lives in every sector.
From its origins, the human species was characterized by its ability to make tools and artifacts of various kinds. From the earliest fire-lighting techniques to the sophisticated machines of the modern world, human beings have benefited from technical developments whose emergence and gradual refinement have deeply marked the modes of social organization, as well as the traditions and cultural heritage of civilization.
So much so that from the moment we get up, until we go to sleep, technology accompanies us at all times. Many times, we are not aware of the extent to which we depend on it. If you stop to think about how technology changed our lives from ten years ago to today, you will realize that we cannot live without it.
Of all the aspects, we are going to name the most fundamental aspects in which technology and the Internet radically revolutionized the lives of millions of people.
Technological advancement in our life
Access to the information
The web is the number one source of information. You only have to type in a search engine to find anything, when you want and where you want. “You can check the news in real-time, investigate past events, any type of information in our hands 24 hours a day,” says a technology specialist. Access to Information Technological advances have revolutionized our way of life.
Communication and expression
The way of communicating also changed. The immediacy of email, back in 1995, replaced traditional letters, instant messaging prevailed over the telephone. For their part, blogs have become an important means of sharing experiences and expressing opinions. Technological advances are making life dynamic.
In addition, with the appearance of the mobile phone, with its SMS, even the new Smartphone, passing through all kinds of chats with WhatsApp, it produced great changes when it comes to expressing yourself: reduction of the vocabulary used to search for shorter words or phrases, an abbreviation of words, an abuse of the use of signs to give emphasis and the introduction of symbols, icons or GIFs to replace or accompany the text.
Email, SMS, instant messaging, phone calls, social media, or microblogging provided the opportunity to connect with other people without the need to be physically present. Along these lines, the technology expert stated that 86 percent of Internet users between the ages of 16 and 65 use social networks. Today, one of the most used applications is WhatsApp, like Facebook and Instagram.
And not only the relationship between people but also between brand and consumer. The fact that a brand has a profile on a social network inspires confidence as a customer. Most customers go to a company’s social media first, before looking for information on its website. They look for positive and negative comments from customers, they give recommendations to make use of a product, they check-in in a place so that everyone knows it is there. And the brand takes advantage of this new communication to get closer to its consumer personally, making loyalty possible”, concluded the technology experts.
Now you can buy food when you want and where you want. Cash is becoming obsolete in the face of new forms of online payments, while Internet financial services and mobile devices simplify transactions.
Before the e-commerce era, it was necessary to go to the store, find a parking place, walk, queue to pay, just to make a simple purchase. With the power of online shopping and mobile devices, you can sit on the sofa at home, be in your pajamas, and press a few buttons on your phone or tablet, and shop.
Instead of getting a product that they may know very little about, consumers are now researchers. Before making a purchase, many people read what others think about the products, they want to make sure that it is the best in its class, and that it offers good value for money. People who use the product describe their experience, their strengths, weaknesses, etc., and this helps to spread information.
According to the specialists, social network users trust what their friends, family, and even strangers say online about a brand or product, hence the importance of social networks for companies, since they consider them valuable and credible sites for researching products and services.
Leisure and entertainment
Television no longer occupies most of your time. The Internet is the medium most used by people around the globe, above television, radio and reading newspapers and magazines.
Work and training
Work is no longer a physical place, but an activity that you can do anytime, anywhere. Mobile devices and new collaboration technologies such as videoconferencing allow work teams to interact with enormous ease and naturalness as if they were gathered in the same room even though they are thousands of miles apart.
Also, the Internet offers multiple academic opportunities: online courses, virtual tutorials, public and private specializations. Using broadband and the latest high definition audio and video technologies, it is possible to train at distance education. From classwork to exams, grades, information for students, etc. Endless possibilities that technology and the Internet offer both students and teachers.
One of the technological advances that have changed our lives is the health sector. It is already a reality. You are sick at home, and you need to consult your doctor. There are private companies that have this service via smartphones and applications. You just have to contact your doctor and make a video call to be in front of each other. For non-urgent consultations, it is an excellent solution for both patients who do not have to travel to the health center.
As for the medical professional who can attend a consultation that does not require physical observation in a faster and more comfortable way. However, all of these new technologies are designed to make your life easier, so we must balance our lives while using technology, as it’s not good to be depended very much on anything in life. The contribution of technological advancement in modern times to changing our lives cannot be denied. Changes in technological advancement have made healthcare better and more dynamic. Every step of our life today is dependent on technology.