Use Technology to Your Advantage
Today’s world relies more heavily on technology than ever before. With how it evolved over the years, it’s no surprise it’s used in so many aspects of managing daily life. Technology has changed some of the most mundane and involved chores easier to manage.
Think of your own use of technology. How many apps do you use to save time and get things done? There is no more waiting in line at the bank to make a payment or deposit a check; you can do it from the convenience of your home at a time that suits you.
Innovative technology has taken great ideas and turned them into useful applications. Through the help of professionals, who know all the ins and outs of user experience design, a pipe-dream becomes tangible and useful.
Whereas you can appreciate how much time and effort apps have saved you with chores such as banking, they’re also helping to keep you safe. There are weather apps that will alert you to adverse weather conditions based on your location. This is especially useful when you’re out of town or driving to your vacation destination. Knowing when adverse weather is moving in, you can stay safe by getting off the road and seeking shelter out of the elements.
If you are an iPhone user, you can help keep track of friends and family who you are concerned about by using the Find My Friend app that comes standard on every iPhone. Maybe you have a teenager you want to make sure arrives at a specific location safely, or an elderly parent that has the bad habit of wandering off. Whichever the case may be, technology can help you know their whereabouts and get to them, should you need to.
Apps continue to prove their usefulness when it comes to your health too. Health monitoring apps can alert you to an unusually high resting heartbeat that may be a sign that you need emergency medical help. Most smartphones and fitness trackers are equipped with the technology to keep you aware of physiological circumstances that may require urgent attention.
If you live in or frequent a big city, it may be in your best interest to look into an app that keeps you aware of what’s going on around you. Nobody likes to be vulnerable, whether you’re walking home after work or going out on a date, certain apps can help you stay safe.
No two apps are created alike, and that’s a good thing. Some apps keep track of your location and will alert you if a violent crime just happened so you know which area to avoid. There are also several apps created for you to get help in a more subtle way. You create a list of emergency contacts to be alerted if activated. Said activation can be as simple as a repeated push of the power button or shaking your phone. The ability to get help on the way without alerting who may be threatening your safety is priceless.
There are countless apps available that can do anything from tell you how long it will take you to get to work and what type of clothing to wear for the temperature. Granted, there are apps that aren’t as useful as others or won’t serve any of your specific needs. But for every app you don’t need, there may be one that you don’t realize you do need.
Talk to your friends and family and see which apps they use the most. If possible, share information that will come in handy in an emergency. Technology is only as useful as you let it be.