If you were to say that life is hard, probably very few people would disagree with you. No matter if you are living amongst the ceaseless hustle and bustle of the city, or the hardier and earthier countryside, life could use some a few additions here and there to help out with everyday life. While habits and ways of life are passed down from generation to generation, such practice can prove to be a sub-optimal solution to anyone’s problems, to say the least. Sure, you should probably take advice from people older than you, chances are they have seen a lot more of life than you have, but that does not mean you should follow in their footsteps completely. Times change, and over the past few decades technology has advanced in such astronomical amounts, that trying to keep things entirely the same should be called plain foolish.
The era of personal technology
Personal technology available to the average person is currently peaking, and the era of smartphones, tablets, laptops, smart watches and anything else that Samsung or Apple decide to put out is currently so overwhelmingly established, that it is hard to imagine how the world would currently work without them. It is hard to imagine now, but keep in mind that a mere 20 years ago, mobile phones were nowhere near as common as they are now. Laptops back then were almost exclusively reserved for techies and electronics enthusiasts, partly due to the steep price tag and the fact that there was not much interest amongst the general population. The most people had when it came to interactive technology were early game consoles, those were the times of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Megadrive, battling it out for superiority and using rather drastic advertising strategies to catch the interest of the average kid. Although, it was a few years before that, in 1989, when the Game Boy hit store shelves in Japan and America. It created such an impact on how people perceived technology that we may arguably owe it the direction in which mobile phones developed.
Humble, yet grand beginnings
In the late 90s and early 2000s, if you were lucky enough to own a Nokia 3210 then you probably remember the bare-bones functionality and incomparable reliability of those historical relics. Despite the fact that the phone’s features basically stopped at making calls and sending text messages, even then companies were working on including more and more functionality into phones. Phone games became a staple addition in mobiles, leaving us with classics such as Snake which are household names at this point. Other than that, minor other functions like alarm clocks or egg timers were slowly creeping into our pockets. But at that point, it was nowhere near enough. People wanted more, people wanted colourful displays, they wanted bigger monitors and more intuitive interfaces which looked prettier, making it more and more desirable while also making it more accessible to people who were not very familiar with technology. When Sony started their partnership with Ericcson, people slowly started to see the shift in mobiles, they became more and more like small media centres, a hub of sorts which you could store your notes, and at one point even multimedia. When MP3s made their way onto the mobile phone, and cameras were a regular feature, the phone market exploded, bringing in more and more companies who wanted a piece of the pie. The rest, is history. Before we knew it, 2007 introduced us to the iPhone, which in turn shaped the way mobile phones have been developing to this very day. The large touch screen, the lack of a physical keyboard, terrible battery life, those are all features which became staples across the board. Sometimes it is good to take a moment and reflect on just how much technology we currently have at our disposal in comparison to a mere 15 or 20 years ago.
Putting things into perspective
With that short trip down memory lane out of the way, it is time to put things into perspective. Before the era of iPhones and being able to ask Google anything at any time, people still did great things, and business pioneers were popping up all over the place. Being in the age where you are able to get information on almost any given topic, the ability to communicate with anyone without having to go to the phone box and even being able to watch cat videos on public transport, you have no excuse to have a daily life as hard as your great-grandparents. While yes, the idea of different eras having different problems still rings true to this very day, there is no reason why everyday life in the city or even the countryside should be as difficult as it was in the 1950s.
Since you have now become fully aware of the extremely powerful PC in your very pocket, and the fact that it is connected to an ever-growing network of information and data, you should start taking full advantage of the situation. If all you ever use your cellular data for is Facebook and Youtube, you need to start thinking a bit bigger. Think of all the services you suddenly have at your disposal which previous generations did not at your age, and see how you could utilise them in everyday life. To get you started, here are a few ideas. With a mere few taps of the screen, you can now video-call any family members on the planet, no matter how far away they might be. You can effortlessly keep up to date on all sorts of news on any kind of topic, are you after a house and trying to snag the new launch property which just became available? You can do that in mere seconds if you so desire. Want to keep up with the news? There is an overabundance of apps for all sorts of smartphones which deliver news to you for free and in a very manageable format, ready for one-hand browsing on the bus. Want to start your own business? Look up some guides and check out statements from other successful businessmen which have already made it big. There is nothing more valuable than a good chunk of experience to shed light on your entrepreneur-esque adventures. Want to start a new hobby? You can probably find a plethora of guides, tips and tricks or resources to get you started. The internet is as much of a powerful tool as you make it, and if you don’t start thinking big now, someone else is going to do it for you, leaving you in the dust.