Technology tends to be more inseparable with people in recent years, for it has brought about a different culture (where one can do a majority of their daily activities be it social, economic and other socioeconomic at a single gadget or domain) and it seems to get unnoticed as days pass by. As from the recent pandemics and natural disasters (earthquakes and covid_19), we take a look at 5 major way’s technology has helped in overcoming the challenges that people are facing in their daily lives.
Information Tracking and Securing
We’re spending more of our lives online than ever before. In a developing third world country like Kenya, (46,870,422 are Internet users as of Jun/2019, 89.7% of the population, according to CAK), this shows the rate at which internet is depended on. While access to everything online is vast, it has also made us vulnerable for every move we make is recorded, and leaves a digital footprint which allows information to be retrieved for future reference, this can be an advantage to internet users but also hackers and scammers exploit it for financial gain.
Technology has also given us the means (anti-virus software, passwords and a virtual private network), to protect and secure our devices. In this recent and coming years, many of us will not only be browsing for individual satisfaction but also accessing shared networks from the comfort of our homes.
Catching up with friends? It’s FaceTime, WhatsApp, Telegram, Snapchat, or email. Want to be entertained? Netflix, show max, HBO, ABC or online gaming. Research? Hit up Google. This highlights a lot on our social-cultural level, as compared to the difficulties of communication in the stone age period.
With these technological provisions on communication, it has been easier for studies to continue throughout the covid-19 pandemic and also basic verbal communication between and among people of different locations.
With the risk of walking and also trading with a large amount of liquid money, technology has brought about contactless cards and phone payments.
Technology has also solved the conflict of interest between the location of a buyer and seller, by the introduction of online shopping channels (Amazon, Jumia, Kilimall) which includes personal delivery services.
Health is a major component in one’s well-being. Technology has introduced fitness devices to help with health and fitness tracking. They include the fitness watch, which can monitor and inform us on our heartbeats and blood pressure, track and monitor individuals exercise and fitness programs, they also go as far as monitoring our sleeping patterns. This technological input on health matters has reduced one’s trip to the doctor for unnecessary routine check-ups.