Technology drives change in every aspect of life. It has been the case since the beginning of time. In recent times, however, technology has increased at an exponential rate. It has been said that 80% of the technological advances since the beginning of time have happened since 1900.
Technological changes are happening at an ever-increasing rate because each time a technology is advanced it creates more possibilities for other technological advances.
Recent technological advances
Technology has changed life dramatically in the last 30 years and 30 years is a very small amount of time when compared to the history of human beings. The following list contains just a few technological changes that have dramatically changed life.
- Cell phones
- Flat screen TVs
- Laptop computers
- Video conference technology
- Fiber optics
- Advanced video cameras on portable devices
- Smart phones
- Onboard computers in cars
This list only shows ten technological advances out of the hundreds that have occurred in every industry known to man. Each advance, however, has changed the way we live life.
Why technology drives change
Technology drives change because it provides people with an easier way to do things. People like to be efficient and effective with their use of time, so they can get the most out of each day. They like being able to do more with less. The minute a new technology is discovered that allows people to be more efficient or effective, it is adopted.
For example, prior to email, people sent everything through their local mail carrier. To mail a letter, one had to (1) write or type the letter, (2) fill out an envelope with the name of the person and address, (3) go to the Post Office to purchase stamps, and (4) put the letter in the mailbox. Those four steps involved time, effort, and money (gas and postage). Once email came out, however, that four step process was reduced to typing out the email and hitting send. In addition to limiting the number of steps, it saved time and money.
How does technology change life?
Technology drives change because it makes life easier. Technology is used most effectively when it eliminates work. For example, the smart phone can dramatically save people time when used properly. Rather than having to go to a library to look at a book or sit at your computer to look something up online, people can spend a few seconds looking something up on their smartphone.
Technology drives change in every aspect of life. From farming to computers, education to science, technology has impacted the way people live their lives. When you wake up to your cell phone alarm in the morning, cook your breakfast in the microwave, and then step into your car that has powered windows, locks, and satellite radio, you have experienced the benefit of many technological changes before even getting to work. When new technology is discovered and adopted, it improves life at a very quick rate. With each new technology, people adapt their lives to live better.
How has technology affected your life?
I don’t have any idea what my life would be like without technology. I love technology and enjoy using it every chance I get. From light bulbs to computers, cars to T.V.’s and everything in between, technology is a very prominent part of my life. It has a part in almost everything I do.
How has technology affected you in your life? What is your favorite technological advance? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!