In the recent edition of the World Economic Forum's wonderful "What If" series, the question asked was "what if: we can print drugs from the internet." As intriguing as this question may sound, it is a true reflection of the fourth industrial revolution happening around us.
Technology has made our lives so comfortable and easy that we've forgotten how difficult it was for previous generations to combat issues like communication, transportation, and information dissemination. The scenario depicted by the questions above would definitely bring further relief to our medical burdens, but it will also run pharmacies and drugstores out of business
However, away and beyond the benefits therein, have we ever taken a moment to reflect on these innovations? To ask ourselves whether or not these solutions are actually making us lazy? In truth, technology has made a whole lot of difference in our society, but it has also transformed humans into lazy-bones, too. These days, people don't need to run errands anymore; they literally push a button on their phone (another product of tech) and have most of the human's first world problems solved.
With that being said, we will now discuss in detail the extent to which technology is making us lazy with these few facts. Enjoy as we move on.
Five ways tech has made us lazy
No one run errands anymore
While we cannot deny the fact that technology has made errand running obsolete in some aspects of life, it is important to say that we are also losing a chance to work our brains, muscles, and body in general. With the emergence of online ordering and delivery services, people no longer have to leave their homes to do "chores" anymore. Not only can we now get products, services, gifts, and anything else you can think of on the internet, but we can even order papers online at websites like Fresh Essays. It means people no longer have to spend hours doing regular things like essay writing, home works, and errand running.
Transportation made easy
Just a few decades ago, no one could expect to push some few buttons on a certain gadget and expect a ride to come to meet them within a twinkle of an eye. Long before we had Lyft and Uber, people would trek to their destination if they couldn't find a cab or a ride to hail. In case they couldn't find a ride close to wherever they are, they would walk to the nearest stop to find a cab, or find the nearest public hub to wait their turn. These days, however, you don't have to walk to cabs anymore; instead, fast cars drive themselves to you.
Influx of entertainment
Gone are the days when people had to go to a theatre, Redbox, or Blockbuster to find entertainment. These days, entertainments of all kinds come to you while you are seated on your sofa. We've all heard the joke about Netflix embarrassingly asking viewers whether or not they are still watching a show in a binge-season. Such is the ease with which one finds entertainment in this generation. With a few clicks now, we can access platforms like Hulu, Play Store, Itunes store, Tilda, Spotify, and even Apple TV, where an endless amount of entertainment awaits us.
Business marketing easier than ever
Just a few decades ago, marketers had to spend hours executing in-person marketing in order to pitch their business to their target community. Even if it meant traveling and visiting other areas, business owners never hesitated in taking their brands around the world. These days, however, no one wants to do in-person marketing anymore. We've grown so lazy that we can just sit on our couch and market our products to millions of people within a few seconds. The results have significantly risen though, and our laziness has been paid-off in a wonderful fashion. With platforms like Amazon, Shopify, eBay, Etsy, and lots more, businesses can now promote their products and services without living the comfort of their home.
Who likes to make a phone call these days? Thanks to social media, people no longer have to go through the stress of talking on the phone. It is an act that is gradually becoming prominent amongst the younger generation. They would rather pick up their phones to chat than put a call through to a friend. The younger generation simply considers phone calls stressful and not-so-effective.
Asking for directions
Do you remember those times you lost your way, and you had to pull up at the nearby gas station to check where you at? Thanks to some tech-navigation tools like GPS, Waze, and Google Maps, we no longer have to ask around for directions. No more reading of paper maps, and direction inquiry, everything is now so easy.