This post should have started with some ornamental statements on how technology has changed our life but let’s skip that for a moment. Such growth of technology also means that we have stopped doing many things we used to do — often as a part of daily life. While some of these developments have been good, some are not so much. In this article, we will take a look at specific things that we don’t do anymore because of technology. This is not a critique but a perspective on how technology has changed us for good — or bad.
#1 Memorizing Things
While it’s true that the human mind can memorize a lot of things, most people don’t use that power during this time. If you ask, we will point out those hundreds of services that make your information available across devices and places. Be it phone numbers, passwords, addresses, or some emergency data — everything finds its place in digital note-taking services and password managers. We are sure many of you would tremble if you are asked to write down more than one of your passwords. So, one of the things that we definitely don’t do is memorizing things.
#2 Using Clocks
Do you remember those times when a wall-mounted clock was one of the many things that made home seem real? Well, not only is it past, most of today’s kids won’t even understand that thing. In the past couple of years, most of us have stopped placing wall-mounted clocks in our home, let alone use them for knowing the current time. It’s no wonder either, considering that most of the digital devices show time. Things turn even more impressive if you have something like a smartwatch or a digital assistant like Google Home or Siri at home.
#3 Purchasing DVDs and Blu-Rays
We can’t say this is entirely obsolete, but it’s one of those things that technology has changed. In today’s world of Netflix and Disney+, not many people purchase CDs and DVDs or make a collection at home. There was a time when you had to rent CDs and DVDs when you wanted to watch a film or listen to your favorite music tracks. But, thanks to services like Netflix, Spotify, and Apple Music, we don’t have to do that. Almost every track in the world is available through the internet, even in the highest quality. In the years to come, CDs and DVDs may become a thing of memory only.
#4 Asking People for Reviews
If you are old enough, you would know the tiresome process of being confused before purchasing something new and innovative. The only option was asking around, among your friends, or in the neighborhood. Well, as it happens, this is also something we have stopped doing in the past couple of years, thanks to the help of online reviews. Websites, including but not limited to Amazon, have become a great platform to check out product reviews before actually purchasing them. And, of course, YouTube reviews also make things easier for most people out there.
#5 Write Things
Okay, back up a bit if you think this is a bit of stretch. One of the things that technology has made us almost forget is the real feel of writing down things. When you think about it, we do most of our writings in the digital form, right? Of course, there are benefits to this. For instance, if you are an essay writer or a student, you do have better convenience and editability. That said, don’t be surprised if we have an upcoming generation that approaches writing with a pen as something alien and obsolete. Often, some kids are losing some extra feels, though.
#6 Carrying around Multiple Devices
Even ten years back, you would have had to carry around multiple devices like camera, watch, music players, etc. while going around, right? But, thanks to the growth in smartphone technology, you don’t have to do it anymore. Nowadays, we have smartphones that fulfill the duty of ten to twenty devices, be it a watch, music player, a fully-fledged camera, pager, and a lot more. This was made possible with the advancement in the world of tech and portable development. And, now, we are talking about wearable devices that can replace fully-fledged smartphones.
#7 Standing in Queues
Queues are still part of our lifestyle, but most of the time, we don’t have the trouble of standing in queues. The growth of technology has made this thing possible, especially when it comes to reserving things. When it comes to booking movie tickets and reserving tables in restaurants, we do not have to think of queues in these times. The same can be said in the case of ordering food online as well. Instead of going to the place and getting the food by yourself, you can now rely on the likes of Postmates and Uber Eats. If these things have not changed our lives for good, we don’t know what they have.
When you think about it, there are more things too. For instance, you can now enjoy education even if you are thousands of miles away from your university. Similarly, we can soon befriend people that we might not meet in the entire lifetime. As we said, for good or bad, technology has made us stop doing several things.