The many things we do in the modern age are made truly possible with the advent of more and more advanced technology. Indeed, it is difficult to say where we would be if it weren’t for the many advancements we have made over the last several decades. Even the advancements of the last decade alone have been truly staggering aids in dealing with the more hectic, frantic pace of modern life even as it pushes us to our limits and demands much of our time and energy. The many things we must do on a daily basis have an impact that cannot be overstated, as far-reaching and omnipresent as it is. The raised expectations and associated stress that come with them are typically generated by the demands placed on us thanks to technology; technology has thus paradoxically become something that has decreased our workload while simultaneously spiking it.
Multitasking has proven to be an almost inevitable demand of the modern workplace. The basic nature of seeing one task at a time through to its conclusion no longer truly exists in this age, as each task is commonly joined or even interrupted by subsequent ones. Doing as many things at once as possible, to the highest standards possible, is the common order of the day these days, and technology has been instrumental in allowing us to do this – the time saved from taking so long to finish one task has merely been rerouted into other occupations, resulting in more than one task done each time. This has created a world in which we tend to be overwhelmed by the demands of work. Thankfully, technology has also been instrumental in keeping us from becoming too detached from the things and people that truly do matter to us.
Technology has indeed done this by giving us the ability to stay in touch from across great distances, no matter what the physical restrictions might be. Mobile phones have become great tools for doing just that, allowing us to take and make voice calls on the go, and thus allowing us to be within reach for emergencies or just to talk. Text messaging and social networking have become the next great leaps for mobile phones to take, allowing us even more option for keeping in contact and receiving updates on the fly.
Modern mobile phones even have cameras integrated into their designs, which allow us to take pictures and video and save them as files viewable on computers. Mobile service providers have sought to allow users to send photos and video to family and friends as well in the form of multimedia messages. Verizon’s VZWPIX in particular allows one to send multimedia messages even to phones that do not have multimedia message capability; these phones will receive instructions on how to access and download these photos or videos online. The user can even store the photos and videos in an online storage album called a VZWPIX Place, so they can access and share these from any computer.