Thankful for Technology: Keep Us Connected
An essential part of a happy existence is recognizing the good around you. While we celebrate all that we have to be thankful for this month, we first look at the reason our company exists: technology. There are so many amazing features of technology that we take for granted each and every day, and it’s because of technology that we all are able to enjoy the quality of live we have. For the next week, we’ll be looking at the wonderful things technology allows us to do that we take advantage of every day.
Technology connects us.
Technology is what keeps us in such close contact with one another, allowing us to strengthen bonds and build more relationships. Twenty years ago, if you wanted to call someone when you were not at home, you had to use a payphone. Now, you can connect with anyone regardless of where you are at using cell phones. Letters are now sent in seconds rather than days; pictures and videos are shared instantaneously. An emoji can order your favorite pizza, and a voicemail can preserve the voice of a loved one for those not-so-good days.
There’s a reason social media has taken off so much: It allows us to stay in touch despite any distance. As time goes on and children grow up, families get geographically separated for a variety of reasons: work, school, spouses, military duty, pursuing a dream. These separations can make it hard on these loved ones. A mother goes from seeing her daughter everyday to seeing her once a month. A husband and wife are separated for years as he is serving overseas. A child loses his best friend when the family moves with his father’s promotion and subsequent relocation. Because of technology and social media, these relationships don’t have to dwindle or die. People have the opportunity to stay connected through video chat, online messaging, or sharing pictures and videos, all through one website platform.
Technology helps us connect beyond the social media aspect. Smartphones, too, have revolutionized how we interact with one another. It used to be that if a person was not able to be reached by phone call, they were unavailable. With the creation of the text message, this has completely changed. Now, if a person cannot call or answer a call, they can send a text. This also allows the receiving party to read and respond to the message whenever it is most convenient for him or her. Apps like Snapchat, GroupMe, Viber, and WhatsApp let people share text, pictures, and video over a simple Internet connection, allowing relationships to continue from rooms, towns, or continents apart.
Technology also improves the connection between coworkers in the work environment. Email, calling, and collaborative tools all give employees easy ways to get in contact with coworkers no matter their location. If an employee is working remotely or away on business, call forwarding, or twinning, lets anyone call their business number and be seamlessly transferred to his or her cell phone. Emails are accessible on mobile devices as well as laptops and computers, so no employee ever has to be out of the loop on the latest account or any work-related emergency. The cloud also gives workers the opportunity to share and collaborate on projects on the same documents without being forced to work one-at-a-time or all on one computer. Video conferencing can be especially useful to host team meetings when others cannot be in the office, and with the ability to share screens, this can prove to be a more effective way of communication than everyone hovering around one computer screen. If an emergency occurs at your building, technology allows us to send the necessary emergency teams to your location, sound alarms, and/or report the emergency to the necessary people, such as parents of students or clients, immediately via text message or phone call.
Technology is now being used to not only support current relationships but create new ones. The Internet has brought thousands of people together, whether for friendships or something more. A study by Pew Research Center revealed that 27% of partnered or married Internet users say that technology has had an impact on their relationship, and 74% of those people said technology has helped improve their relationship. 5% of all married or committed relationships have sprouted from online dating services, and 59% of Americans believe that technology is a good way to meet people.
In conclusion, technology helps keep people connected regardless of reason or location. If technology for business connections is something of interest to you, Heart may be able to provide you with the services you need. Check out our solutions, then give us a call at 877.494.3278.