Technology Is Changing American Life Style
The internet, e-commerce, mobile technology and social media have all transformed the way we live, learn, work, shop, and acquire information. According to the Pew Research Center, at least 73% of Americans now use the internet regularly.
A 2015 Pew survey showed that within the last four years, the number of American adults who own a smartphone has risen from 35% to 68%. In fact, the most important tool in the hand of many American adults is their smartphone because it gives instant access to services that make life more comfortable and productive. In this post, we will be discussing some of the life style changes that technology has brought to the American society.
The internet has made it possible to gain access to an unprecedented volume of information from online libraries, research journals, news websites, and search engines. You do not have to spend hours in a physical library anymore because you can use your laptop or tablet to gain access to millions of resource materials. In college, professors now use smart boards rather than chalkboards.
Lectures are enhanced with Power Point presentations while students use their mobile phones to make audio recordings of lectures instead of struggling to take hand written notes. With the massive number schools and colleges offering online courses, many Americans, who have full-time jobs, can now get advance training and earn more degrees.
Information and communication technology has transformed all aspects of business. From product design to production, accounting and marketing, the internet has made it possible to get all the information required to build a competitive business within a very short time.
Both small and large businesses depend on accounting and e-commerce applications. With ever increasing mobile access to broadband services, employees can now work together effectively from any part of the globe. Thus, it reduces the cost of commuting to work daily, reduces overhead costs and gives sales and marketing personnel more time to seek for new clients.
Mobile technology has made it easier to stay healthy, to monitor your health and to receive medical attention quickly when you need it. New York times reported that in 2015, there were over 100,000 health apps available on Google play store and itunes.
Health apps help us to monitor the number of steps we have taken per day, our heart rate, sleep cycles and even snoring when we use them in combination with wearable gadgets. Similarly, the internet has made it possible for us to learn as much as possible about any disease, or health condition we may have. Information obtained online has helped people to adopt new healthy diets, consult with alternative health care practitioners and make lifestyle changes that promote health and longevity.
Shopping online is now the norm for over 70% of Americans according to a 2015 survey conducted by Mintel. The days of regular weekend grocery shopping seem to over. You can now order for anything you like instantly from the comfort of your home. Most American adults do their shopping on popular online shopping sites like Amazon, Overstock and Walmart.
These sites provide tons of customer reviews and product ratings that enlighten you about the features and functionality of products so you can make wise purchase decisions. In addition to written reviews, it is now easy to also post photos and videos using the powerful features of smartphones. After making a purchase online, the products are shipped directly to your doorstep within a shipping period ranging from a few hours to a few weeks.
Americans now use a variety of communication channels to communicate with friends, family members, and co-workers in any part of the world. Instant messaging platforms are available on social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, and Whatsapp.
In fact, a survey conducted by Digital Trends showed that Americans spend 4.7 hours on their phones and check social media accounts an average of 17 times a day. In the same vein, CNN reported that teens in the U.S. spend up to 9 hours using the internet, social media, Skype and other video streaming channels on their mobile phones.
GPS navigation systems have made printed maps obsolete and made it easy for people to go up in the woods without the fear of getting lost. Bikers now go on long trails with confidence because they can check their location in real time and even receive directional tips from their navigational device or smartphone.
GPS navigation systems also give drivers real-time traffic updates, weather reports, and a means of calculating missed turns. Navigation systems like TeleNav can be used to search for the closest Dominos Pizza or Starbucks shop when you are passing through an area for the first time.
Information from Statistic Brain shows that over 49 million Americans use dating sites and the annual revenue of the online dating industry is over $1.7 billion. With close to 20% of marriages that took place in 2015 starting on dating sites, it is obvious that technology is transforming the way new American families are formed.
Modern communication technology also allows people, whose partners are working overseas, to communicate frequently and intimately. Video calling with web cameras make it easy for such couples to reduce the negative impact of physical separation and maintain a good relationship until they can be re-united physically.
Virtually all banks now have online banking portals that you can use for all banking transactions. From account opening to applying for a loan, you can use the secure online portal to do all your financial transactions without stepping into a banking hall. Banks also have apps that android and iPhone user can use to make deposits and withdrawals from any part of the world.
Gone are the days when you had to wait for one week for a check to get cleared or wait on long queues to deposit or withdraw money. Since most online payment services like Google Wallet and Apple Pay are linked directly to your bank account, you can pay for products and services without even using a credit card.
The internet and mobile technology has changed the way we live, work and learn. We now expect so many things that took several weeks some years ago to be done instantly. With the development of more powerful mobile devices, ultra-fast internet connection speeds, and the wide acceptance of digital technology in all facets of life, we should expect more aspects of our lives to be influenced by technology in the years to come.