We all know technology has made our lives easier. We no longer have to wring our clothes out at the river or keep our perishables cool in an ice box. Those changes have been remarkable and noticeable, often making headline news.
However, several technological advancements have been more subtle, despite their massive benefit to our everyday lives. When you take a moment to think about it, these changes below have saved us a great deal of time, energy, and money.
In the past, the only way to secure lending through traditional or alternative lenders was by making an appointment to see them in person. For example, if you needed loans in Los Angeles, you needed to make an appointment at a Los Angeles office.
If you didn’t live near a loan office or a bank, you’d have to organize time out of your day to get there. However, that’s no longer the case. Both banks and alternative lenders can now complete loan processing online. You can provide all necessary documents through a secure online platform and receive loan approval for your business startup or yourself in a matter of hours.
Food Delivery Services
Grocery shopping can take a great deal of time. Not only do you have to drive to the store, but you then have to find a parking spot, shop for your groceries, then drive home again. Busy families struggle to find the time for this necessary task.
In recent years, they haven’t needed to. The COVID-19 pandemic saw an upsurge in businesses offering food delivery services. Rather than shopping for groceries and other essentials themselves, they could hire shoppers through an app to do it for them.
However, it has now gone beyond simple grocery and fast food delivery services. You can also book meal subscription services. You can prepare delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals for your family, but all recipes and pre-measured ingredients are delivered to your door.
Making phone calls can be challenging for some people. They might have a disability that prevents them from speaking or hearing properly. They might also be anxious about talking on the phone or can’t ensure a quiet room when they do.
That’s why online bookings have been such a lifeline for many people. Businesses offering online bookings for services cater to a broad group of people, especially those in the deaf community. Rather than calling a company and finding a time that suits their needs, they can browse a list of available time slots online and confirm their own appointments.
The video call function on our mobile devices seemingly appeared overnight. All of a sudden, anyone with a smartphone or computer could hold a video call with a client, employer, friend, or family member. It was life-changing for many.
Family members could reconnect when they couldn’t see each other in person, and businesses could save tens of thousands of dollars in travel costs. Even the COVID-19 pandemic had the potential to be less impactful on companies that could rely on video calls to conduct their business.
Everyone can agree that technology has enhanced our lives, but it’s hard to believe how subtle some of the changes have been. Above, you’ve learned about just a few of the many slight but impactful changes that have transformed our lives for the better.