Modern technology has opened up a huge number of possibilities for how to change our day to day lives and habits, this past year has shown just how important it can be for a number of different reasons and has also allowed many of us to develop new digital habits throughout the year too as we change to rely on our technology more than ever – but what have been some of the biggest and more impactful changes?
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Entertainment – Online entertainment isn’t anything new, larger streaming services have been growing for years as platforms such as Netflix and Disney+ or even livestreaming through Twitch on mobile devices account for a large amount of overall traffic to these sites, but there has been a huge shift in gaming over the past few years – attitudes have been changing and the demographic has grown wider as those typically not attracted to gaming before are now the primary consumers – this has been seen especially in the genres played as mobile casinos now top the charts for some as many found here don’t follow regulation such as Gamstop and are now more widely available than ever. This is likely a space that will continue to grow too as newer tech such as Virtual Reality becomes more accessible and more widely available.
Remote working – This year has also seen the big shift toward remote working for the vast majority of us, and the potential for a more permanent change here too. Many of the platforms that we’ve come to rely on have become day to day platforms too – communication through Zoom, instant messaging, and regular emails have become a regular occurrence even before this change but our new digital habit may be our working life. Many experts have suggested that this change could certainly be more permanent as productivity hasn’t taken a hit, so long as the platforms that have supported this change can be kept up to date in the long term and evolve along with new user requirements, this could be a major change for our day to day lives.
Remote education – Much in the way remote working was bred out of necessity, so was remote education – there are more challenges here than the others, and will likely only remain in the long term for higher education such as university – many learning habits are already reliant on the online infrastructure that has been built for education, but a more permanent change could certainly be on the way. For both education and working, a digital change could also lend itself to the growth of other digital habits such as entertainment as more free time granted by the lack of need to commute or ease of access open up other opportunities within itself, and this is something already seen throughout the past year – there’s a long road ahead for a digital changeover, and may require something more robust than our current smartphone and laptop consumption can handle, but it does provide an exciting outlook for what could be to come.