The rise of digital living and how to embrace it

Every few decades, groundbreaking innovations take place that completely transform the way people live their daily lives.

Currently, we are in the digital age where multiple changes are constantly occurring as we speak.

The increase in accessibility to information has been facilitated by the technological revolution, due to the massive popularity of the World Wide Web.

With the explosion in the use of social media over the past decade and the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) into our daily lives, we have certainly come a long way. way since the time of our ancestors.

With the advent of the digital age, people are now more connected than ever. Widespread communication is now possible through fingertip touch, as smart devices have become easily accessible to everyone.

Mobile data users are projected to double by 2030, implying that unique mobile data subscribers could increase from 4.7 crore to 11.8 crore in 2020.

On the other hand, this seemingly available virtual connection has led to a decrease in face-to-face interactions.

We have become so engrossed in the virtual world that we lose touch with reality. Human relationships are weakening as we become more and more obsessed with maintaining a perfect image on social media, rather than spending time with our loved ones.

Apart from that, all aspects of our lives, including our work, transportation, education, and entertainment, are integrating into the digital ecosystem through seemingly smart devices designed to improve our lives.

Therefore, we must adapt our lifestyle to progressive technology to thrive and navigate the ever-changing digital landscape.

As we know, the rise of digital advancements has made everything easily accessible. These days we prefer to watch content on portable devices, especially smartphones with large screens, as it allows us to avoid carrying around large laptops.

Social media platforms and OTT platforms grab our attention because they constantly engage us with their unique content.

These platforms are now competing with each other to attract and hold the attention of the current generation of users with quality content production and curation.

Also, navigation has become much easier with Google Maps showing the way quite accurately for most urban areas. Live streams on apps allow for more seamless real-time browsing than before.

Ridesharing apps have used this to their advantage as they use these updated maps to save time for their customers.

During the pandemic, educational institutions had to stop regular classes as Covid-19 cases spiraled out of control. During this time, educational institutions had to adapt to online teaching methods and relied heavily on the Internet to provide quality education.

Classes were given on platforms like Google Meet, Zoom, etc., facilitating intuitive learning for school children and university students.

The demand for smartphones has increased dramatically during the pandemic as children needed compatible devices to continue their studies online.

Mobile financial services (MFS) were also available nationwide and online banking gained traction as people had to stay home to avoid the risk of catching the coronavirus.

It has enabled people to send money to loved ones from the comfort of their homes and enabled a more financially inclusive society to thrive, despite the pandemic.

Workplaces have also adapted to the new normal, with hybrid and remote work opportunities becoming a thing of the present.

It guarantees a smooth workflow regardless of employee location. Many organizations are also going through a digital transformation and integrating cloud computing services to stay up to date with the latest trends.

Communication has become smoother with instant messaging platforms enabling seamless connectivity on the go.

With the fifth generation (5G) of wireless connectivity recently introduced in the country by the government, access to information will become easier than ever.

Communication will become much smoother once the infrastructure develops throughout the country. When it comes to smartphones and other smart devices, 5G aims to provide an array of options for the new generation of users across the country.

With major global smartphone brands like Xiaomi setting up their factories in Bangladesh, things look promising as 5G-enabled smartphones will become more affordable in the future for everyone through local production.

As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “The only constant in life is change”. So, instead of letting ever-changing technology dictate our behavior, we should aim to use the latest technology to our advantage in these unprecedented times.

Ziauddin Chowdhury is the country manager of Xiaomi Bangladesh.

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