Older generations may argue that technology has made people lazier, more reclusive and less productive. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Developments in technology have, in fact, helped to improve the way people go about certain things, and have made us more productive and sociable in a different way than we were before. Here we take a look at some prime examples of how advanced tech has helped to enrich people’s lives.
Tech for Social Interaction
It has been suggested that advancements in technology have led people to be more reclusive. In 2018, there are around 2.53 billion smartphone users worldwide, and 2.13 billion monthly active Facebook users. While this may have led people to stay at home rather than go out looking for social interactions, the new platforms have led to other ways people communicate. One of the main reasons for the popularity of the social networking site created by Mark Zuckerberg is the fact that it opened up so many new ways for people to keep in touch. It has made the world a much smaller place, and people who live in different countries can now chat with each other easily. Facebook allows people to know what their friends are doing, when it’s someone’s birthday, and when an event is happening. If anything, it’s made people more inclined to get involved in social interactions. Other platforms such as Instagram and Twitter have contributed to this new form of socialising, and according to adweek the sites have 400 million and 320 million active users respectively.
New video gaming developments have helped to improve people’s sociability as well, and it looks as though we could be moving towards a future in which more games encourage players to play alongside one another. Pokémon Go is a prime example of this. The mobile app from Niantic released in 2016 made use of augmented reality, which enabled people to see Pokémon in the real world through their phone screens. People had to go out to capture the monsters, and this would often lead to them encountering other “trainers” who they could talk to and play against. Research from the University of British Columbia even found that people who described themselves as more extroverted were better at the game. This means that games like Pokémon Go actually encourage people to be more sociable if they want to win. Other forays into the world of virtual reality have given a glimpse of new ways people will socialize. VR Roulette from Microgaming allows players to stand at a virtual roulette wheel, a place that has always been a prime location for socialising in land-based casinos. There are already multiplayer roulette games at sites like Betway Casino, and VR will serve to enhance these by bringing them into a 3D space. VR could also help to improve the experience players enjoy in MMORPGs like The Elder Scrolls Online. These games support social interaction on a spoken level but VR may also help people to have face-to-virtual-face conversations. There are infinite possibilities for AR and VR to boost social situations within gaming, which is why the market is expected to be worth $40.4 billion by 2020.
Tech for Increased Productivity
Facebook and Twitter have proven to be great outlets for businesses to advertise and gain a following. The latter has some excellent features that help users to increase productivity, such as the Managefilter which allows users to manage followers and posts. This way, companies can try to ensure that the right people are seeing what they want to advertise. By using these social media platforms, business owners are able to do things that they wouldn’t have been able to do so easily in the past. This has enabled owners of small companies who may not have been able to afford to advertise before to get their products and promotions out there.
For individuals who want to up their levels of productivity, there are a number of useful apps on the market that can help. Inkflow Visual Notebook from Qrayon is a great way for users to take notes in the traditional way and write freely. From there, they can rearrange them and adjust them. These notes are also stored indefinitely, and there’s no risk of losing them as there would be with traditional handwritten ones. Another one for people who need to work on improving their time management is Rescue Time Time Management. This allows people to see exactly how much time they spend doing certain things so that they can see where they can save time and improve their productivity. There are hundreds of apps like these that can help people in different ways.
There’s no denying that people nowadays socialise and work a lot differently than generations did in the past. The world is changing, and developments in technology have altered the way people live their lives. It is clear, though, that some new platforms and technology enhancements have actually improved our productivity and sociability and have, in fact, enriched our lives tremendously.