4 Reasons to Learn Technology

Posted 2 years ago

Self PortraitCody Helscel
Blog writer & Web developer

Reasons to learn technology may be many. I’ve narrowed them down to four. Technology continues to prove useful in my daily life, from doing my work to inputting basic data about a customer. Perhaps if I had more resources, I could hire other people to input data, but I don’t have that opportunity yet. Even if I hired others, I would still need to keep up with the times and understand where technology is currently at. Here are four reasons to learn technology:


1. Stay with the times

Today’s world is growing fast with technological advancement. Continually jobs are being replaced by technology, while new jobs are added. For example, do you remember when we used to checkout at stores with a cashier? Many stores have added self-checkout lines. Although I don’t care for them much, they aren’t going away. Local libraries in my city started using an automated check-in and checkout machine, along with a way to pay late fees. Now libraries have one human at the information desk. There were three. Simply understanding technology, just a little bit, will go a long way.

2. Technology improves productivity

Technological devices are tools. A computer is a tool. A calculator is a tool. You get the point. If you were a roofing contractor, you would have a hammer (and know how to use it). Roofing contractors today still need technology as support for their job. Sure contractors can still get by with paper, but it would take much longer than inputting data into a computer. Data includes customer information and job information. In this case, the contractor would use a database.

Another common tool is Microsoft Office. More specifically, Microsoft Office and Excel. Those two programs are very common in business. I would almost say they’re essential. Imagine using a typewriter, which, by the way, is a kind of technology. What happens when you make a mistake on a typewriter? Yep. You use white-out, and it takes time to get back on track. What happens when you make a mistake in Microsoft Word? Backspace! Or you can come back to it later and correct your errors.

3. Digital books and videos helps with education

One common tool people often overlook is YouTube. YouTube is an excellent source of free videos. Many videos provide bits and nuggets of information that will help everyday life. What’s more is many large universities started putting their complete lectures online, recorded in class. You might not get a degree, but if you aim to get certified, videos on YouTube can certainly help. One caution, however, is to use good judgment. Most videos are uploaded and created by regular people.
Another way to learn digitally is from eBooks. The market is saturated with eBooks. Many are free, and some cost money. Normally eBooks are inexpensive. If you like reading, you can get yourself an eBooks reader with a screen that’s easy on the eyes and makes it look like a real book. The nice feature of an eBook reader is you can purchase and download right from your home, coffee shop or anywhere with WiFi. Once downloaded onto your device, you can read it anywhere, even when not connected to WiFi. Additionally, you can read eBooks on your phone, tablet or computer. Reading eBooks has many possibilities.

4. Better communication, interaction and collaboration with people

Since the advent of social networks, communication across the world has sky rocketed. Sure we had phones and chat rooms, but it was nothing much until social networking. In addition to social networking, instant messaging software is available. We can email each other, text message each other, use Skype for conversations using a Webcam and see the other person’s face. Cell phone apps have been made the past few years. How about face-time and Google Hangouts? Google Hangouts allow us to collaborate with several people at once. The area of communication surely has benefited greatly from technology.

I'm curious about how technology will continue to evolve. We don’t need to know everything about technology. If you’re not directly in a technological field, you'll still need to stay with the times on a basic level. Using a computer nowadays almost seems like a must. Furthermore, people living off the grid often use technology. Leave a comment if you want to add another reason.

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