People are born to work. It is one of the messages of the story of Adam and Eve. To make this work easier, people practically applied scientific knowledge and named it, technology. We have a complicated relationship with technology, where it dominates the whole world. This era of technological advancement overshadows every field of today. It plays a vital role in medicine, engineering, social science, or broadcasting because it saves time. Imagine investing the whole time in doing labor that requires mindless repetition. Will that help in the growth of the economy? No.
The technological economy tends to be more wealthy. The non-technological economy may still ride a donkey to the fields and still carry water by hand. In other words, as long as there have been people, there has been technology. Its modern feature is the gift of science that has done a great job of time management in this busy world. Technology provides us with time-saving devices like push to cars, cell phones with internet access, washing machine with inbuilt driers. However, most of us still complain about not having enough time.
Some of the various aspects of its efficiency include –
Online shopping and banking
Online shopping comes in a lot of ways. Every time, you save quite a bit of time if compared to the other alternative. Say for grocery going to a store, picking items, billing, and bringing it back consumes a pretty long time. Instead, if done online it not only saves time but also keeps you relaxed without getting tired. Nowadays clothing, housewares, shoes, technology and many more can be ordered sitting at home.
Banking has also given us the option of doing it online. Technology has made it possible to transfer money, maintain accounts, invest in shares, and much more without standing in a queue at the bank. Digital payment to a street vendor has also given us the reason to save time. A cashless world is what technology is up to.
Online maps and navigations
When you plan for a drive and get stuck in a traffic jam, it is the worst feeling. Sitting in a car, barely moving along, and making no progress is the only left option. But if you use the online services by technology in finding the quickest and most efficient route to a destination, you save time. Also, you get the updates of a public transport system that makes it easy to plan the journey. Just think of the food you ordered is not delivered on time only because of the unavailability of your current location. The delivery boy uses this service to do the job that is time-saving technology.
Learning and problem-solving
Learning from an unlimited number of resources has been made possible by the internet. It saves time by enabling us to have 24/7 access to books, libraries, online courses, articles, and even online agents are available to help us. Internet-based crowdsourcing is an easier and quicker way to find solutions to the problem. Searching the web for the solution or asking the web community for help are two ways to get the task done. Technology has helped the teachers and students a lot in the study. Studying at virtual boards with 3D images makes learning and understanding simpler and faster, saving time for the student-teacher association.
Email and video conferencing
Communicating around the globe has become as easy as talking to your friends in a coffee shop. If you can’t afford to visit a country for a business, an email can help you. Besides saving time, it saves money, reducing the overheads of a business. The fast connecting technology has given the comfort of conducting a meeting without actually moving to a conference hall and, that is, by video conferencing. You are available anywhere, anytime, and always. Meeting clients virtually save time traveling, expensive flights, hotels, and travel expenses. The best part being you can sleep in your bed at night after a tiring day.
Manufacturing units and offices
Doing repetitive work consumes time and also reduces the skill of a person. Thanks to technology for giving the machine to do this repetitive work. That is not only faster but also time-saving and, the quality is also maintained thereby, increasing productivity. Unskilled labor gets enough time to develop skills for better earning. Thus, technology has created new tools to help businesses improve productivity and make the work more enjoyable for both employees and managers in lesser time.
When it comes to managers, he needs to be smarter than smartphones, well-versed with technological advances that can help save time. Bill payments, scheduling meetings, marketing online are called automation which he uses to save time and reduce cost. Organizing webinars to train several employees is yet another way of time-saving with a human touch. Others include organizing online meetings, using productivity apps to improve efficiency, and so on.
We know technology has its downsides but, the saving of time is a huge upside and, that is what everyone wants. As global citizens, it is up to us to allow certain technologies to enter our lives, so that it becomes boon, not a bane. Technology promises speed and efficiency, like microwave might not make the food taste better still it certainly gets the job done more quickly.
But don’t go all humans versus machine.