Main ways tech­nol­ogy im­pacts your daily life

Tehran Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

We are liv­ing in an era of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, where ev­ery part of our daily lives is re­lated to the sci­ence of craft in one way or an­other. There’s no doubt that over the years tech­nol­ogy has been re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing amaz­ingly use­ful re­sources which put all the in­for­ma­tion we need at our fin­ger­tips. The de­vel­op­ment of tech­nol­ogy has led to so many mind-blow­ing dis­cov­er­ies, bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties, and bet­ter lux­u­ries, but at the same has dra­mat­i­cally changed our daily lives. Var­i­ous highly-de­vel­oped gad­gets, con­nected to the In­ter­net, have changed the way we com­mu­ni­cate, use hu­mor, study, work, shop, play, and be­have.

It’s not dif­fi­cult to rec­og­nize just how much of the tech­nol­ogy we use on a daily ba­sis — from com­put­ers, cell phones, lap­tops, tablets and TVs to re­frig­er­a­tors and con­vec­tion ovens that cook food evenly. Here are six ways tech­nol­ogy im­pacts your daily life.

Im­proved com­mu­ni­ca­tion

The con­tin­u­ous ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy have led to the ap­pear­ance of nu­mer­ous new meth­ods of elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tion, such as so­cial net­work­ing web­sites, emails, voice­mails, and video con­fer­ences. Th­ese ad­vanced com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech tools have helped us to elim­i­nate time and dis­tance as ob­sta­cles to ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion. This is ben­e­fi­cial not only to our per­sonal re­la­tion­ships, but also to ed­u­ca­tion and busi­ness. Tech­nol­ogy has im­proved cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion by giv­ing chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to com­mu­ni­cate with other chil­dren from dif­fer­ent coun­tries and learn about dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

Even though tech­nol­ogy is ben­e­fi­cial to com­mu­ni­ca­tion and al­lows peo­ple to stay in touch, you need to find a bal­ance be­tween the cyber world and real world. Th­ese tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments might be in­cred­i­ble and im­por­tant in to­day’s so­ci­ety, but you must be care­ful to not lose sight of the peo­ple who are phys­i­cally around you. While com­mu­ni­cat­ing via so­cial me­dia might be fun and more con­ve­nient, it is also harm­ful to our so­cial skills. Spend­ing qual­ity time with your friends and fam­ily to cre­ate mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for hap­pi­ness.

Im­proved home en­ter­tain­ment

Not that long ago, our en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ences used to live in the mo­ment they hap­pened, ex­ist in our mem­o­ries and find their way in old-fash­ioned pho­to­graphs on wall. To­day, that has all changed due to the rapid growth of the In­ter­net, mo­bile con­nec­tiv­ity, and so­cial net­works.

One of the big­gest changes, for ex­am­ple, was the switch from video­tapes to CDs/DVDs. This en­abled man­u­fac­tur­ers to put more data onto the medium. This meant that there were no risks of the tape com­ing out of the player and get­ting dam­aged that eas­ily, and due to the small size of the DVDs, it also meant that a lot more could be stored in the same amount of space.

An­other huge tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance was the in­tro­duc­tion of LCD TV. Com­pared to to­day’s LCD TVs, the pre­vi­ous tele­vi­sion screens were in­ef­fi­cient, with lower def­i­ni­tion and poor qual­ity. To­day we can not only en­joy im­proved home en­ter­tain­ment, but dif­fer­ent types of home en­ter­tain­ment too: from smart TVs to Xbox units.

Im­proved hous­ing and lifestyle

Hous­ing and lifestyle have also been im­pacted by the mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. The ma­jor­ity of the items that you have in your home to­day are au­to­mated, which makes your life much eas­ier, or­ga­nized and safer. Thanks in par­tic­u­lar to the ad­vanced tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions such au­to­mated door locks, se­cu­rity cam­eras and light­ing con­trol, our homes are now more se­cure than ever. Also, thanks to the In­ter­net, we have an easy ac­cess to all sorts of in­for­ma­tion, news, and you’re able to shop on­line any time of the day or night from the com­fort of your own home.

Changed health in­dus­try

There’s no doubt that tech­nol­ogy is the driv­ing force be­hind the huge im­prove­ments in health­care. The ma­jor­ity of the hos­pi­tals to­day have im­ple­mented mod­ern tech­nol­ogy in hos­pi­tals and sur­gi­cal rooms, which has sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced the mis­takes made by doc­tors. The in­creased ac­ces­si­bil­ity of treat­ment is also one of the most amaz­ing ways that tech­nol­ogy has changed health care. Be­sides the tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments in hos­pi­tals, there are also many health phone and desk­top apps that al­low you to eas­ily mon­i­tor your weight, heart rate, and other health prop­er­ties at any time of the day. Need­less to say, the In­ter­net is our main source of med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion.

An in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple are now us­ing the In­ter­net to di­ag­nose them­selves by look­ing for ad­vice from peo­ple on the In­ter­net who have ex­pe­ri­enced the same symp­toms. There are also many sug­gested treat­ments and reme­dies on the web, as well as al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tions. Tech­nol­ogy has also en­abled doc­tors to use text mes­sages, videos, and e-mails to con­sult col­leagues from all over the world, which is es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial to pa­tients and doc­tors that live in ru­ral and un­der-de­vel­oped ar­eas.

Con­ve­nience in ed­u­ca­tion

Tech­nol­ogy has im­pacted ev­ery as­pect of our lives to­day, and ed­u­ca­tion is no ex­cep­tion. Tech­nol­ogy has changed ed­u­ca­tion in so many ways. First, tech­nol­ogy has ex­panded the ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion and there are huge amounts of in­for­ma­tion (books, images, videos, au­dio) that are avail­able through the In­ter­net and that will en­able you to em­power your­self with knowl­edge. In ad­di­tion, on­line courses are on the rise and most of them are free.

Mod­ern tech­nol­ogy has made it sim­ple for stu­dents to learn from any place in the world through on­line ed­u­ca­tion. Also, nowa­days stu­dents use mod­ern tech­nol­ogy in class­rooms in or­der to learn bet­ter. For ex­am­ple, stu­dents can use iPads to share vis­ual les­sons, pre­sen­ta­tions, and ex­am­ples with their peers. This has made learn­ing much more con­ve­nient and more fun, but most im­por­tantly – more ef­fec­tive.

Con­ve­nience of trav­el­ing

Mod­ern trans­porta­tion tech­nol­ogy has made it eas­ier for in­di­vid­u­als to travel long dis­tances. Since trans­port is an im­por­tant part of our lives, tech­nol­ogy has been reg­u­larly work­ing on mak­ing it more ef­fi­cient and quicker. The first steamship was built in the 1770s, the first steam-pow­ered train was built in 1798, and the mod­ern car was cre­ated in 1886, while the first pow­ered, con­trolled flight is be­lieved to have taken place in 1903.

To­day, we just can­not imag­ine life with­out well-de­vel­oped means of trans­port like cars, trains, buses, and air­planes which have be­come a ba­sic need. Over the last decade, the au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a tech­no­log­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion as the elec­tri­cal ve­hi­cles are tak­ing the world by storm.

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