Technology is evolving every day and whether we like it or not, it has become a huge and necessary part of our lives. The advancements in the tech industry have been proven to make us more productive, efficient and smarter. However, we must ask ourselves, has technology spoiled us to the point of where we have forgotten where we come from?
- In 1990, the first search engine on the web was Archie for college students. By 1992, a couple million people used it worldwide.
- Currently, there are over 3.5 billion searches per day worldwide on Google.
Our students no longer have to crack open ancient encyclopedias for information. The internet is full of scholar articles, dictionaries and thesauruses that are outdated thanks to dictionary.com. In place of School House Rock VCRs are viral video clips that teachers find from Vine, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms that they use to relate to their students.
Businesses have also utilized technology to stay relevant, ahead of the curve and improve their internal operations. Social media is almost necessary for businesses because they are able to reach more people at once rather than traditional cold calling, postal mail and e-mail efforts. Instead of unreliable Excel sheets and erroneous handwritten notepads, businesses now have software that allows employees to input data quickly and efficiently. Some companies are completely virtual and only exist through remote employees that work from around the world but they communicate using the Internet and other technologies.
- Invented around 1440, the first printer was the printing press which was almost 7 feet long and operated by hand.
- Invented around 1938, the first copy machine operated using static electricity.
- Around the 1860s, the first scan machine used electromagnets to scan and reproduce images that were 150 x 100 mm.
- Currently, our printers are much smaller and automated; most office printers are 3-in-1 so they print, scan, and copy.
Out of the 4 billion adults in the world that own a cell phone, over 90% have their cell phone within arm’s reach at all times.
- Long distance calls are no longer necessary because there is Skype, Facetime, and other video chat apps.
- We can have our favorite food delivered to us with a few clicks of a button with online meal ordering and delivery platforms.
- Forget about having to flag down Taxis, we can order a car when we are ready through car transportation apps.
- Using MobilePay, we are even able to pay at restaurants, stores, and other places using only our smartphone.
We have it so easy now and have come so far; why are still finding reasons to complain?