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New Technology For Older Generations

While I am a total technology geek who spends hours reading through all types of tech blogs and magazines, this knowledge that I gain is limited in who I can communicate it to. In fairness, who really wants to have in-depth conversation about the advantages of LTE vs 4G standards without falling asleep? Yes, there are plenty of my friends that love these conversations, but when I meet most of my family, especially the older generations I might as well be speaking to a wall.

When asked at those family events by aunts and uncles and grandparents how my work is going and what I do, most can understand that I like radio communications and work for a telecoms company. That’s probably as far as it goes.

DECT_6.0_LogoHowever, they somehow think that I just fix phone lines, rather than work on complex communications routing systems. If I even mention the word blog about comms technology the little understanding they may have is lost. Of course, very few of them use the Internet, and if they do it is for minimal news reading at best.

However, I recently tried a different approach to this, when my grandmother had a problem with her home phone system that was causing her understandable worries. She is no longer the most mobile person and requires a walking frame to get around the house. This is a common reality for many elderly people and she does count herself blessed that she can live on her own.

However, she is very reliant on her phone as it is the main way for her to contact family and friends in case of an emergency. Her old phone was a very reliable large button phone but it was wired. So she ended up having one of them in multiple rooms which must have been a nightmare when the whole house seemed to ring in multiple locations.

Anyway, one of these had broken down and this model was no longer available, so she was worried about getting a new one. I initially thought I could just pick up a standard cordless phone and she would be all sorted, but when I showed her the one I have, she was not happy with the display and button size.

So, I had to do some research and thankfully phoneforhome.com has an extensive section with recommendations of the best cordless phone for seniors and their individual merits. I was able to show her pictures of the cordless phone and she was happy that it would be large enough to use.

It’s now been 3 weeks since I installed it for her and she has already called me back to get rid of the old phones, which had to stay just in case she wasn’t happy.

So, even though my granny doesn’t fully understand what it is I do, we have been able to relate our passions and concerns on the basis of modern technology.

How The Information Age Has Changed The Way We Do Life

With the onset of the information age, the way how we do life has completely changed in so many different ways. It has changed the way we accomplish work and the way we communicate with each other on a whole. A few of the changes we’ve seen through out the information age are below.

Mobile Freedom

In the information age, the mobile phone has evolved. It once to be a huge bulky thing that would be quite heavy. However, we now have smart-phones that are as powerful as computers, and fit right inside of our pockets. The mobile phone alone has pushed the limits of productivity and has forced us to do more with our time. With smart-phones, we can answer client emails, create presentations and essays on the go.

Communication

The information age has also had a major impact on the ways we communicate with others. Time magazine actually found that we don’t talk anymore. Time is much more precious and talking on the phone is now seen as a way to waste someones time. Texting has made communication much more convenient. You can respond and answer to messages in the time you allot yourself to do so.

Sociability

Many years ago, it wasn’t un-common for people to setup mutliple social gatherings with their friends to go out and enjoy the outdoors. Today, kids spend much more time indoors than they did 10-15 years ago. This is because the rise of technology has given us the ability to enjoy our time much more indoors. There are video games, TV shows, Netflix, and many other ways we can enjoy our time indoors these days and kids are actually taking full advantage of this. This is also contributing to the rise in health issues across America because of the decline in physical activity among children and teenagers.

Digital Marketing

Marketing succeeds when it’s done in areas where people’s attention are grabbed. Today, everyone spends much more time on their mobile phones and social media. As a result, online and digital marketing has been on the steep incline. Jeremy, who works for Thunder Rank, an SEO Company in Toronto, predicts that “the same thing that happened with classified ads in newspapers will happen with TV ads. There will be a steep decline because that’s not where people’s attention are anymore.”

Work & Family Life

The information age has pushed the limits for everyone. Our life is so much faster and we’re expected to accomplish a lot more than we were 10-15 years ago. As a result, many people end up working long hours and miss out on their personal family life. However, on the other hand, technology has allowed many people to work remotely from home thus allowing them to spend much more time with their families. It’s actually very interesting because we find that in today’s era, there is very little middle ground between work and family life; it’s either your one of the two extremes.

Globalization

This is one of the greatest benefits of technology. With the rise if it, we can easily do business with and work with someone half way across the world. This allows many businesses to lower costs by taking advantage of the various exchange rates in other countries. Labor can be bought for less and it also opens the doors for many tech startups to do more with a smaller budget.

Privacy

With the rise of the information age, there’s no doubt that our overall privacy is compromised. A lot of our personal data is shared through the web with our smartphones and social media profiles. Information such as our location, friends, work life, and much more is all shared with major companies. In fact, Time magazine even states that Facebook may know more about you than your family does. With that being said, we should take precautions on the information we go about sharing online.