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The World at Your Fingertips: Technology Opens Doors!

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Have you ever heard people (especially the smarter, tech-savvy generation) say, “Don’t move your legs…rather, your fingers!”

Gone are the days when we had to go places to get things done…visit a bank to make a transaction or visit a doctor to get medication, holiday in a foreign country or party with friends. Technology makes all things possible—at the flick of a finger.

The Internet has graduated from a tool of communication to a platform which helps facilitate e-payments to settle bills, taxes, premiums and a host of other utilities from the comfort of your home and office without having to worry about queueing up at counters to initiate transactions or stressing about closing time of windows for the same.

Weekends can be fun…An outdoor trip can be scheduled at the drop of a hat, at the breakfast table, depending on the weather forecast which is easily accessible on our phones. Movie tickets can be booked online, and elegant dinners planned to perfection, right from choosing the desired venue and cuisine to suit our taste buds, to showing up on time. Google app not only helps us reach our destination, but also provides updates on the best routes to pick, to cut travel time. Video conferences on weekdays is a necessity to catch up with remote teams and  businesses, but who ever thought that we would find ourselves celebrating birthdays, baby showers, engagements and even weddings with our friends and family on a screen, in compacted boxes? Welcome to the age of online socialising! Toss in Netflix for movies and TV shows, and Spotify or Amazon music to wrap-up a dream weekend…if entertainment is your cup of tea!

Shopping is just a click away…One-click shopping for electronics, medicines, clothing, groceries, accessories, practically anything under the sun.  Not only is it convenient to shop 24×7 in a pollution free environment, but it also offers variety, easy price comparison and exchange/return policies.

Mobile apps have turned smartphones into virtual classrooms and enhance communication between students, teachers, and parents through interactive and engaging learning. Smartphones which were once considered a source of distraction for students have overnight become their saviour in their pursuit for knowledge through Google Classroom, edX, Duolingo, Photomath, Quizlet and many more apps.

In the race featuring the most used apps in the world, WhatsApp and Facebook would undoubtedly emerge winners. They promote social and business communication and have been solely responsible for reuniting family and friends across the globe.

On a more serious note, a flick of the finger on an electronic voting machine can decide the fate of the country during elections, or help meet your soulmate on popular matchmaking sites.

The wealth of information now available at the click of a finger is phenomenal.  

According to Stewart Brand, a writer, “Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.”

The world is your oyster—you can achieve anything you put your mind to. It’s only a click away!

Nita Fernandes

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