Virtual Shifts: The Biggest Ways Technology Has Shaped Life Today

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The average American spends around 3 hours and 30 minutes using mobile tech devices each day, according to Zenith. With technology being so intertwined with everyday life, it isn’t surprising that it has effectively reshaped the world. In fact, most things can now be fully conducted through the virtual world. Here are some examples of the way the technologies once reserved for business have shaped virtual life.

Weddings And Wedding Etiquette

In 2020, wedding rates went down and ‘the big day’ seemed to be out of reach for some, according to Emily Bobrow. This, however, was not the end of the story. Couples, still wishing to tie the knot and share the day with their loved ones in the midst of a pandemic tapped into technology to make it happen. The concept of virtual weddings became the norm, and even necessitated new social etiquette for attendees. Utilizing mobile devices, or even a laptop, enabled couples to stream their ceremony so that their loved ones could take part in their wedding in relative comfort and safety. A surprising bonus is that young couples are able to save more money holding a virtual wedding as opposed to a traditional one, where they have the responsibility of hosting and feeding their guests.

Purchasing And Delivery Methods

Another aspect of daily life that technology has greatly shifted is the way consumers purchase goods. In the past, the norm was to physically go to a store. Technology has greatly evolved the way consumers shop and purchase goods. Ecommerce in the US was up by 30% since March of 2020, according to Rakuten Intelligence. So consumers now mostly go on their smartphones, tablets and computers to look at available wares online and place their orders. 3D technology has been employed in giving consumers a closer look at products. Even the way goods are being delivered has been shaped by the evolution of technology. The UPS managed to secure the first full certificate for deliveries via drones. So it is highly possible that purchasing goods may be a simple matter of pressing a button and waiting for a delivery drone to arrive.

Work And Employment

Even work and employment have embraced the virtual world. Around 41.8% of Americans continue to work remotely, according to Upwork. As for employers, around 86% of companies now conduct their hiring interviews through online conferences. Business meetings can now also be conducted through online platforms like Skype, Zoom, Google Hangout, and many others. The advent of higher speed internet, computers, and video calls have enabled this aspect of the virtual world. Now, employees and employers have more flexible options when it comes to continuing their goal of money-making and profit.

Everyone can agree that technology will continue to become entrenched in their daily lives. Given how technology is constantly improving, it’s safe to assume that there will be other innovations that will reshape how consumers do everyday things. It’ll be interesting to see if the virtual nature of living will continue, and how it will evolve in the coming months and years.

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