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November 5, 2020 by Samra Nisar with 0 comments

20 Ways That Changed How We Use Technology In 2020

When many people across the world were required to work from home from offices in early March, we thought that it would be only for a few weeks or months. However, as the timeline has now stretched to 2021, we have now relied ever more on technology to remain informed, entertained and fed. In this article, we will provide 20 different ways technology in 2020 has changed our relationship with tech devices, most probably for years to come.

  1. We looked at little but screens.

Along with creating spreadsheets for our offices and binge-watching TV shows on OTT platforms, we have now become a species whose devices have now become their primary view of the world outside of them. The average daily time for People has now increased to more than 20 hours a day when they are accounting for viewing multiple devices at once. This has also provided benefits to users of technology in 2020 in Pakistan and across the world.

  1. Our home became our offices.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several office managers were required to let their employees log on from anywhere they could found a secure internet connection. We have sprawled on log-ins for meetings on different video platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet-ups and Microsoft Teams, etc. This has now become a new office norm.

  1. Video chats have fulfilled all our social obligations.

For all of our individual and social meetings, Zoom users have hopped onto the online platform for everything. This includes board game nights, funerals, etc. Though most of us did use technology in 2020 such as zoom to a huge extent, we have learned how unsatisfying video chat can be.

  1. Telemedicine is the new norm

Telemedicine and Tele-therapy visits have now become the new norm across the world. According to a survey by the American Psychiatric Association, the total % of patients that are regularly using any form of Telehealth through a professional increased from 2.4% pre-pandemic to more than 85.8% as of 2020.

  1. Virtual field trips became a thing.

Teachers across the world have now found innovative ways to allow their charges to escape online classrooms. Virtual field trips use technology that has now become one of the best ways to bring children into a real-life experience. This will improve the use of science and technology in 2020 in Pakistan.

  1. The definition of going out changed.

Due to COVID-19, film festivals, concerts, plays, book tours and other cultural events were postponed or canceled. People now prefer to watch all social events online at the comfort of their homes.

  1. Video dating became routine.

Several dating sites quickly rolled out different in-app video features. This allowed users to personally meet face-to-face or play icebreaker games without paying for parties. There was nearly a 70% increase in video chats this summer. Moreover, 44% of users have now also tried video dating.

  1. We worked out at home.

Due to the fact gyms have closed globally and housebound individuals are now required to get fit by any means, people now prefer to work out at home.

  1. And workout classes went online.

Many people that don’t have the space for gym equipment were still able to log into classes through the means of different video platforms such as Instagram Live and Vimeo. Pivoting online has been essential. It has now given users newfound flexibility and reach through an additional platform.

  1. Families found new homes without ever stepping foot in them.

Many families were able to found new homes during COVID-19. The families initially relied on the shoddy video that was taken by different tenants. Many of the landlords have now turned to companies such as SmartRent. This is a pivot that creates room for self-guided interactive tours of living spaces so prospective lessees can safely explore themselves at a distance. Nearly 33,000 families have now toured their spaces through the use of SmartRent in 2020.

  1. We fled subways for e-bikes.

Mass transit ridership plummeted by nearly 96% in major cities across the world. However, sales of single-rider electric vehicles have increased dramatically. Dutch e-bikes brand Vanmoof saw sales increase by more than 397% globally and 91% in the U.S. starting in April.

  1. We ordered in compulsively.

During COVID-19, delivery and takeout through different food applications did increase by 40%. Millions of users tried different food applications to fulfill their personal needs.

  1. Eating out went high-tech, too.

When restaurants reopened, the owners swapped menus for placards with unique QR codes that customers were able to scan with their smartphone cameras to gain immediate access to the eateries websites.

  1. Digital payments have hit a specific tipping point.

QR codes have also facilitated several contactless payments. Users can scan them in applications such as PayPal. This saw a 52% increase in Quarter 2 of this year. It quickly brought up profiles for different vendors and friends that we want to pay. There is no requirement to interact with strange surfaces.

  1. Users downloaded more books

Even though most of the U.S. book stores were temporarily closed this summer, e-book sales increased to a huge extent by the use of technology in 2020. The increase was nearly 39% in June when compared with the same time in 2019, according to Good E-Reader. This increase is also due to a 140% increase in sales of children’s and young adult books.

  1. People watched more TV than ever before

Thanks to the launch of new services like Peacock and HBO Max as well as the reliability of other OTT platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, connected TV viewing has increased by nearly 81% year over year. According to Nielsen, this also means that households across the world have watched at least 4 billion more hours of television in 2020 versus 2019.

  1. Films premiered in our family rooms.

Even though popular movie franchises such as James Bond and the Fast and the Furious were forced to shelve their 2020 installments until further notice, family films such as Disney’s “Mulan” released straight on OTT platforms to feed their collective need for content fresher than chopped marathons. However, “Mulan” failed after its rushed Disney+ debut. The film grossed well less than half of its $200 million budget. However, other films such as “Trolls World Tour” broke digital box office records in April, bringing in $77 million domestic in its first week.

  1. Increase in downloads for online games.

Across the video-game industry, sales of downloads for online games increased to a massive extent across the world. The total sales were $83 billion for August, according to Nielsen’s SuperData. This is also taking into account before the new Xbox and PlayStation consoles are released in November 2020.

  1. Increase in E-commerce activities.

There was also a massive increase in E-commerce activities during COVID-19 by the use of technology in 2020. E-commerce has now fueled how we create the future of retail. Grocery sales by the means of mobile applications and websites did saw one of the most significant increases.

  1. Travel was different.

It was difficult for people to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, many people have found inspiration in photos posted on different social media groups. Members can share shots of the beautiful sites they spy on a regular basis. Others are focusing to catch that took off and landed in the same spot after a few hours in the air.

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