For the past two decades, we have been gradually taken over by the emergence of technology. Stop for a while and take a look at your surroundings. How many computer, laptop, or mobile phone screens do you see? Have you included the one that you are reading this article on? Our gadgets that are enabled by Wi-Fi connection have actually changed the way our children play, the way adults work, or even the way we raise our kids. The workplaces today would totally be unrecognizable to people of the past because of the effect of video conferencing, emails, laptop, computers, tablets, as well as other relatively recent technology innovations. Nowadays, more of our personal spare time is greatly influenced by our smartphones and iPhones with each passing day.
In today’s generation, we can hardly tell that we have reached the peak of technology. The novelty of instant communication and constant online connections may have started to wear thin for much older generations, yet the next way of people have no such qualms. The tech-dependent lifestyles of Americans are already resulting to really big changes in both the private and professional spheres. So specifically, how is our lives affected by the emergency of this constantly changing technology?
Our Professional Lives are Digitized
As we all know, at least 79% of workers now communicate or work on “virtual” teams. It can be through online collaboration, email, video conferences, online message, or combination of some of these ways. According to a research study in 2013, around 94% of jobholders are active internet users. This includes freelance, part time and full time workers in big corporations, small businesses, and technology companies, not only in America but also workers worldwide. More employees nowadays even choose to work at home so they can save on expenses such as food, transportation and clothing. Most mothers in this generation also like to work online so they can be able to stay at home and be with their family while having a constant flow of income. As you can see, technology is not only affecting our professional lives but touching our personal lives as well.
In the past centuries, communication professionally and literally meant sending faxes, spending hours on the telephone, or writing letters. But today, none of these is majorly practiced. Most (if not all) companies are using email as their primary means of communicating with their clients, employees, and in the modern workplace as a whole. Because of email, we are able to communicate faster, easier, and way better than before. Because of that, employers are reaping the benefits of this technology. According to a recent report, the incorporation of modern technology into the workplace resulted to a huge 84% increase in the office workers’ productivity per hour since the 1970s. And, the major influencers are none other than cell phones, business software and email.
Technology Gets Even More Personal
Today, we do not simply leave technology at the office. As a matter of fact, our private lives are even more enabled by technology than our working lives. In the past three to four decades, our televisions were usually the height of the technology of our home. During that time, some people already had Nintendo for the kids, a clunky personal computer, and maybe a telephone in their car.
According to statistics, 15% of households owned a personal computer way back 1989. By 2011, that data has climbed to 75%. But now, we have laptops, desktop computers, tablets, smartphones, GPS-enabled cars, Apple watches, and more technologies are even coming day by day. As a matter of fact, living without technology nowadays might create an existential crisis for some people since our technology now helps us eat, learn, travel, socialize, date, and many more. I guess, the time we do not use technology is during the time we are…well, dead. But for now, maybe all we have to do is to enjoy the benefits that the modern technology is giving to us. We cannot easily live without them after all.
The Bottom Line
Now that technology is already integrated in our daily lives, living without it can extremely cause anxiety for some. In fact, it is not hard to tell why – modern technology has already taken over our lives. Both our personal and professional lives are now dependent in technology. While older generations have already lived their lives without (or very little) the presence of technology, the next wave of people in this world cannot be able to picture their lives in the future without the existence of technology.