We know that technology is a part of our everyday lives and we apply it in almost all possible segments, but we are still not fully aware of its presence around us and the influence it has on our daily routines. We live in an era in which it is easy to do pretty much anything we can imagine with the help of technology. We have come to the point where people are addicted to and dependant on technology and everything it brings along through diverse stages of its progress.
Alexander Graham Bell & Terry Pool
Let’s go back to the second half of the 19th century when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. The breakthrough has made enormous advancements in communication as of 1876. Almost a century after, more precisely in 1965, the inaugural wireless phone was invented by Terry Pool. This time-lapse shows how slow technology actually developed at that time, at least slow compared to nowadays’ progresses. We have thus witnessed much quicker breakthroughs in technological inventions in the last several decades. This growth has made the influence of technology more powerful than ever.
A big shift in our regular habits imposed by the latest technological advancements
‘New inventions are constantly taking our everyday routines by storm. We are regularly forced to change our habits on behalf of these technological advancements. This fact probably best proves the impact technology has on our lives. In the modern era, it is almost impossible to find anyone who is not familiar with the newest app or the latest iPhone model’ said John Pentin, chief editor at Bettingtips4you.com. Nobody reads newspapers or magazines anymore. Why would anyone if you can now find the latest information and stay fully up to date in a matter of seconds by opening your favorite online site? You are thus literally only a single click away from finding out anything you want to know. Of course, there is always a minority of those who like the old tradition of going through the daily newspapers while having a drink of their coffee in the morning, but they remain only a minority and their number keeps reducing rapidly.
A wide spectrum of possibilities
It is impossible to completely cover the entire spectrum of possibilities available through modern technology growth. The Internet allows us to find literally anything we may be interested in. We start the day with the phone and go to bed with it, either listing the daily news or just watching funny clips on YouTube. We use social networks to stay in touch with our close friends throughout the entire day. We mentioned Bell’s invention of the phone in 1876 at the start of this article. Nowadays, you can still contact your friends with your phones, but this is no longer their main purpose. We use them to order food, have a casual chat with a stranger over all sorts of themes on Facebook, or buy a new pair of shoes. We live in an era in which we do not have time to look for new clothes in shops. As a matter of fact, why would we with the option of simply buying it through several clicks via our favorites portable devices?
We are actually not even aware of the range of distinct options that are available thanks to the growth of the Internet. From directly talking to a person located hundreds of miles away from us via webcams to ordering flowers for your mother who lives in Paris while you are in Rio de Janeiro. What are the limits? Where will this ever-growing spectrum of options end? Are we getting to the point where robots could make some professions disappear? Just think of all the newest manufacturing machines or the technology used in sports. In some tennis tournaments, the “hawk-eye” (the technology that shows the exact location in which the ball landed) has made the job of linesmen fully irrelevant. The range of examples is countless.
Are we dependent on technology?
While it is hard to give a completely accurate answer to this question, the fact is that a wide array of jobs is done with the help of computers or laptops nowadays. Moreover, most of them directly depend on the presence of PCs/phones/laptops. This brings us to the following question: How many people would lose their current jobs without the current technology? Moving forward, a whole new sphere of businesses emerged directly as a consequence of the growth of popularity of social networks and the Internet in general. The terms “YouTubers” or “Influencers” did not exist just a couple of decades ago. Nowadays, they are synonyms for strong reputation and high incomes. The more popular you are online, the more money you will possess is the common principle in present times. Would the newborn online stars be so popular without the Internet?
The other side of the medal
It is easy to understand how and why everything mentioned above makes our lives incomparably easier. Nonetheless, there is the other side to the story. The newest technological advancements also carry bountiful negatives along, and we have to mention them as well.
While the Internet gave birth to numerous new professions, it also opened the doors for bad guys to do their criminal actions much easier than in the past. People are incomparably vulnerable online. It is very easy to pull out all sorts of cheats, from identity thefts across money laundering, sexual violence, to money steals. So, as much as we all enjoy the benefits, we must do everything we can to protect ourselves online. Just a couple of wrong clicks and your device might be attacked by a virus capable of stealing all of your precious personal data. This is why we should never give away any kind of personal details (especially not credit card numbers) to someone we are not familiar with.
To sum it all up, it is fair to say the array of possibilities that arose from technological growth is limitless. Whether we will take the very best out of these or be victims completely depends on us. Keep your eyes open because we have not even reached the pinnacle.