Plugged In: Technology Helps Improve Our Lives

Estefania Perez Medina | Tech Time Editor

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What are you doing right now? You’re reading this article online. Whether it is on your phone, laptop, iPad, etc. Do you realize what technology has done for us? It has greatly improved our lives and changed the way we will live forever. We use technology from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep. It has cultivated our lives.

Technology helps us keep in contact with people, who can be anywhere from one mile to 1000 miles and more away from us. From a simple phone call, to a face-to-face conversation on Skype, the “old fashioned” email or even snail mail. We can keep in touch with friends we’ve moved away from, which over a hundred years ago would have taken days to weeks to send and receive letters.

Growing up, I moved a lot, and keeping in touch with my friends was not possible for many reasons. First off, we were very young and secondly we had no way to communicate with one another besides sending letters to one another. Sadly, it took too long and we got bored of that. So I am not friends, nor know where those people are, anymore. It was not until I got my phone that staying in contact with others no longer became an inconvenience. I could finally not lose contact with one of my best friends after she moved to the opposite side of the state.

Besides communication, technology has enhanced the way we commute. We are able to travel from one place to another more efficiently and quickly with faster cars, trains, airplanes, boats, etc. We can travel 20 miles and arrive within ten minutes or less as our methods of transportation continue to improve.

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Even the way we live at home is so much more effective than before. We use alarm clocks to wake us up at God knows what hour to get ready for the busy day ahead of us. We are then able to heat up leftovers from last night in a microwave or make breakfast on the electric stove with ease. Even our forms of entertainment have widened to being able to watch television, listen to music on our TV, or whatever you desire. You are not as limited as you would’ve been if it were 100 years ago because you have technology at your fingertips.

We are all connected. We are all online, one way or another, and there’s no way to not be––which can be good and bad. A downside of technology is that not everyone can afford the Internet which can make it hard to do various assignments for school or jobs. But at the same time, the Internet helps us stay connected with customers, find things we need without leaving the comfort of our home, and do basically everything else from watching TV shows, movies, listening to music, playing games, and organizing lists.

So as technology advances and improves, we will become more and more involved with it, and we too will have to change the way we live and do various activities.  

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