Technology has changed the way we live our lives forever. It’s allowed us to be more productive, connected, and entertained than ever before in human history.
The pros of technology make it impossible to live without at this point, but what about the cons? Technology has its drawbacks too, and you need to consider both the benefits and drawbacks when evaluating your decision on whether or not to purchase a new product. That’s why today we’re going to be taking a closer look at some of the benefits of technology so that you can better evaluate its role in your life!
Better quality products
One disadvantage is that it’s often hard to judge product quality without seeing or trying something in person. This creates an opportunity for shady sellers to take advantage of people by selling poor-quality products. Luckily, you can easily avoid low-quality goods on Amazon. By purchasing from top-rated sellers who offer generous return policies, your risk of buying a subpar product is minimal.
If a product has a lot of reviews with ratings below 4 stars, then that’s a sign you should look elsewhere for your purchase. Just remember to look at both positive and negative reviews before making your decision about whether or not to buy an item.
While there’s been plenty of discussion about how technology helps us stay in touch with faraway loved ones, it also makes it easy to reach out to those who are nearby. Since social media makes everyone a citizen journalist (or blogger), you can quickly share interesting news stories or photos with the people who matter most.
But that sharing is a two-way street, which means you also have to be willing to listen when friends and family comment or respond—even if they’re right down the hall. You may not always agree with what they have to say (or like what they have to show), but try opening your mind before reaching for your phone; chances are good that meaningful connections can happen if you open yourself up a little bit.
While it’s certainly a double-edged sword, technology has given us unprecedented access to more information than ever before. Whether it’s studying for that last minute exam or researching products online for an upcoming purchase, we’re no longer limited by hard copies or even in-person resources. It also makes our lives easier—know anyone who can’t live without Amazon? Now you can stream movies from your phone. Research shows that good things come from keeping informed, too.
Faster learning curve on simple tasks
A study done at Case Western Reserve University revealed that people are capable of learning a new task in as little as 20 minutes if instructions are delivered via smartphone. On top of saving time, using technology to learn can make things easier. For example, you may not be able to figure out how to turn on your new air conditioner—but your smartphone probably has an app for that.
In today’s connected world, it’s easy to find step-by-step guides for just about anything you can imagine (and even a few things you can’t). Look up your problem online and save yourself some time with instructions made for modern living. As long as we can tap our smartphones in public without making a scene or being rude, there really is no downside!
Faster learning curve on complicated tasks
If a task is complicated, technology can actually help. It’s faster to go on YouTube and watch a 15-minute tutorial than to spend two hours reading how-to manuals. Additionally, there’s more up-to-date content available for those who want to learn about something new. If you don’t know how to do something in Excel, Google it instead of searching in your company knowledge base.
Chances are good that someone has already created a step-by-step video or PDF that will walk you through what you need to know—often faster than looking at several corporate documents describing various techniques. The goal is to get something done, not to learn everything about what you have to do.
More effective use of time
One benefit of technology is that it makes us more efficient. When using a computer or smartphone, we can schedule tasks to happen at specific times and multitask effectively. Using a calculator frees us from doing long multiplication in our heads. These technological improvements allow us to accomplish more in less time, which is especially helpful when juggling work and family responsibilities.
Some technologies also save time by enabling you to complete tasks that would have taken much longer before—for example, writing an essay on your laptop instead of hand-writing it on paper with a pen or typewriter. Technology also saves money for businesses; for example, by making banking services more accessible through ATMs. Technology can increase efficiency in many ways for both individuals and companies.
What you can get for free or at a reduced price is often worth considering. For example, many people—myself included—switched to Gmail when it became available because it offered more storage space at no cost. Why should I pay for 10 GB of storage space on Yahoo! Mail when I can have 25 GB of storage space for free? As with most things, though, keep in mind that free comes with a trade-off. Because Google scans your messages in order to deliver personalized advertising to you, some consider Gmail’s free version an invasion of privacy.
Lifesaving benefits (i.e. smartphones in emergencies, etc.)
Cell phones are considered a modern-day lifesaver, with 91 percent of adults using their devices for safety purposes, such as calling for help or contacting emergency services in an emergency.
In addition to providing lifesaving benefits, cell phones have also made life easier and less stressful by connecting us to family members at any time, especially when traveling; 64 percent reported that they missed being connected when they weren’t able to use their devices during a recent trip.
Cell phone usage has also expanded our social networks, allowing people from all around the world to connect online. But if you’re not careful with your cell phone habits (and everyone is guilty of some bad habits), there could be some disadvantages to technology’s more common uses.
There are no real downsides
But despite many people’s view of technology as a hindrance, it’s important to remember that there are advantages to technology. For example, at work, we use email for communication, Slack for team collaboration, Trello for project management, and Google Docs for business documents—all online tools that make our lives easier.
In some ways, you could say we rely on software to keep our businesses running smoothly. It’s pretty clear there are pros that far outweigh any cons when it comes to technology.