The 21st century has seen unprecedented advancements in technology. We have new inventions touching on every sector of our lives; we can hardly remember how life was without these things. In this article, we look at some of these developments.
Positive Impacts of Technology
From health to education, transport, communication, healthcare, and manufacturing, we cannot underestimate the influence of technology. Operations keep getting easier and more efficient. Technology is the gift that keeps on giving and is thankfully here to stay. We cannot cover all of the ways it enhances our lives, but we can mention some of them.
Faster, More Efficient Communication
Some decades ago, we probably would not have imagined communicating with people halfway across the globe with just the click of a button. Thanks to technology and the internet, in particular, it’s now a reality. Distance is no longer a predicament in communication. We have phone calls, emails, text messages, social media – you name it.
On a personal level, you can always keep in touch with your family, friends, and acquaintances no matter where they are. Efficient communication has also made it easier to do business. Marketing has benefited immensely from the advancement in communication channels. In the past, if you could not afford TV commercials or newspaper ads, your options were as good as done. Today we have inexpensive and more efficient advertising methods such as social media ads, SMS marketing, sponsored posts, etc.
Improved Access to Information
Can you think of an era where you had to go to the library to search for information? That was our only option not too long ago. Thankfully, the internet has placed information at our fingertips quite literally. Learning has become so much easier. Students only need to get online, and they can have access to tons of information on any given topic.
Access to information has also birthed a more enlightened population. In the past, governments and institutions could manipulate the public by strictly controlling the information. That’s no longer the case. People can now carry out their own research and act accordingly.
For instance, just recently, the world’s governments were insisting that the COVID vaccines were safe. But people did not just take their word for it. They conducted their own research and made their own independent decisions. This scenario is replicated in many sectors and made possible by the improved access to information made possible by communication technology.
Never in history has it been easier to move from one place to the other. The conventional means of transport – motor vehicles, trains, planes, ships – are getting faster and more efficient. Automation has also made them cheaper and easily available.
There was a time, for instance, when flying was reserved for the rich and the procedure to book the flight was long and winding. Now, every other person takes a flight every so often. And you can book right there from your phone or computer. A click here, a click there, and you have your ticket ready.
Taxi-hailing apps have also revolutionized the way we travel. Whether you’re at home or miles away from home, you can call a cab within minutes. Just key in your pin, and a cab close to you will attend to your request. In such ways and more, technology is keeping us on the move.
This list is by no means exhaustive of how technology has made the world a better place. We have many more; this is really just a snippet. As technology continues to advance every single day, we can expect it to touch our lives in many more ways. It’s an exciting time, and we can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.