The world has changed rapidly over the past few decades, and most of those changes are thanks to the improvement and advancement of technology. As anyone who was growing up in the 80s, 90s, or early 00s, and they can all tell you that the way they lived was much different than what’s considered normal to kids today. While some people view these technological advancements as a hindrance to humanity and society as a whole, the truth is that despite any cons, technology has helped humanity in ways we can’t even begin to fully describe or understand.
The question, then, is this: how exactly has technology changed us for the better? Let’s take a look.
Recent years have shown a vast improvement in how people communicate with one another. Rather than waiting weeks for a handwritten letter to make it to the person you want to talk to, and then weeks to receive their response, video and audio calls makes connecting with others happen in moments. Instant messaging takes seconds to send to another person’s device, and with social media, you can spread information about yourself and your life for all of your friends or followers to see.
Between twenty and thirty years ago, children didn’t grow up with instant access to information at their fingertips. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing—playing outside with other kids their age is still important—the increased improvement of technology offers a much better education system for children to learn from. Chores have also become simpler with inventions like the dishwasher, which in turn makes it easier for kids to help around the house.
The invention of fitness trackers, such as the Apple Watch, has made it easier to see just how active you actually are and keep track of that activity. These trackers can be connected to phone apps, some of which turns keeping up with fitness into a competition. Likewise, technology contributes to finding new, modern medicines and has made finding a cure to previously-severe diseases much more likely.