The Evolution of Technology

Technology has rapidly evolved over the centuries. Technology has become a big part of everyday life whether you want to admit it or not. We use it for work, study, fun and even communicating. Gone are the days of writing three page letters to your best friend who moved away; here are the days of smart devices and applications. And they’re here to stay.

Have you ever stopped to think about how technology has changed the way we live, and more specifically, the way you live? Advances in technology have impacted on the way we communicate, study and even work. Whether we realise it or not, we are all now part of a digital world. I remember when I was growing up, for most part, all we had was a land line telephone. Eventually Mum and Dad got mobile phones but their screens were not in colour, the only game on them was the infamous Snake and they couldn’t do half the things our SMART phones do today. Our first computer, which we didn’t get until I was in high school was very ‘old school’. It was chunky like the old televisions and definitely wasn’t stylish in any way what so ever. It didn’t come with a camera and it took FOREVER to turn on.

With technology today we can do so much more than just talk; it has revolutionised the way we communicate. We can face-to-face video call with loved ones anywhere in the world, we can send a quick text just to check up on someone and expect a reply almost instantly, we no longer have to suffer with sore ears or sore arms from holding a landline up for hours on end.

What about how the News is now communicated? Growing up it was newspapers, the radio and television. Those who read newspapers are few and far between, there are better things to listen to on the radio other than the news, and even though many people still watch the news, most of todays society receive their news online in the form of emails and social media.

All these things seem great but with everything else in life, there are pros and cons. We have become so attached to our devices that more often that not, we miss whats right in front of us. We have become antisocial in the sense that, yes we still communicate digitally, but I have seen so many people with their eyes so glued to the screen, they can’t communicate with the person sitting right opposite them at the lunch table. So if while reading this you have realised that maybe you too have forgotten to say hello to the person next to you, opposite you and sometimes even living with you, then put away your device and see how far you can go.

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