Many people have a negative attitude towards technology. It’s a common viewpoint that humans have become too reliant on technology and that it’s having a horrible impact on our mental health, our relationships and overall day-to-day productivity. There is some truth to this belief, but this is not at the fault of the technology itself! Modern-day technological advancements have bettered our daily lives tenfold, and while many people should reassess how reliant they are on technology (and their mobile phones specifically), this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take advantage of the massive benefits we can derive from technology. To prove this point, here are six ways that you can improve your home and lifestyle with technology.
Taking care of yourself and your family is pretty important, and these days, a good old lock and key don’t always make the cut. Crime is something that we all have to be aware of (it’s one of the reasons why we have insurance) and this entails being extra cautious and protective of what we value. Technology has protecting your home so much easier and safer than we ever could have imagined. House alarms can alert us (and security companies or authorities) to intruders and even deter and prevent people from breaking into your home. Security cameras also act as a great deterrent and if not, will at the very least allow for the police to identify and find the intruders. These are just a few examples of how technology can protect you in your home.
Entertainment and Learning
The entertainment factor is what the negative Nellys are all complaining about, but nobody can deny the fact that technology has given us endless entertainment and this doesn’t have to be a bad thing! From TV and movies to smartphones or video games, there are so many ways that we can enjoy ourselves, stimulate our minds and learn more than we ever could have dreamed. So long as we are mindful about what and how much media we consume, this form of technology can be truly beneficial in our lives. From fun family movie nights on the weekends to informative documentaries and even free language learning apps on our mobile phones, entertainment and education can go hand in hand with technology in 2021.
Let’s be real, how many of us still wash our clothes by hand? Exactly. Technology has changed the game when it comes to having a clean and hygienic home and the new advancements just keep making things easier and easier. Think combination washer-dryers, cordless vacuum cleaners and even robotic vacuums. These are amazing additions to your home and lifestyle that make things quicker and easier, making your home cleaner and saving you the time and effort.
If you have an airfryer, you know how this cooking appliance has revolutionised the kitchen. This piece of technology mimics the effects of deep-frying your food, without any of the oil that otherwise would have been used. Home cooks are creating mouth-watering, golden, crispy and delicious dishes in their homes without any oil. This saves mess, sure, but the impact this can have on our health is immeasurable. Reducing your intake of fats and oils is a great way to improve your health and even help manage your weight, making the airfryer a great addition to your kitchen in 2021.
A Really Good Coffee Machine
How many times have you made a New Year’s resolution to cut back on the caffeine and quit stopping at Starbucks on your way to work every morning? Stop kidding yourself. We all love our coffee, but a really good brew from your favourite coffee shop is not only expensive but bad for the planet with all those single-use cups. A really good coffee machine may feel like a lot of money to invest into your caffeine addiction, but this is a piece of technology that will pay for itself in the end, considering how much you’ll be saving on your daily cuppa.
Smart Home Control
Installing a smart home system in your house is a real game-changer. This kind of system allows you to have full control over all the various devices and appliances in your home and the options are almost limitless. All of the above mentioned technologies can be optimised with a smart home system. You can invest in smart heating, lighting, cooking appliances, refrigerators, security systems, locks on doors and windows, cleaning devices and even coffee machines – no joke. Being able to easily and remotely control all these items in your home can make your daily life easier and save you valuable time that could be spent doing more important things. It can also offer you peace of mind and a little joy, which we all need more of in our lives.
Some other fun and interesting smart devices that you could invest in to improve your home include smart herb gardens which optimise your plant's health, key tracking chips, automatic pet feeders, water leak detection systems, smart measuring cups, smart sound systems, and even energy conservers. As you can see, the list goes on and on and almost any problem you may have could probably be solved, prevented or improved with a smart device!
While technology is often abused and can have its downsides, it’s important to use what we have for good. Enjoying the benefits of technology doesn’t have to mean being entirely reliant on it. We should all be able to function and live happily without being glued to a TV screen or having our phones in our hands, however, it’s clear to see that all of the above mentioned devices have seriously improved our lives by making certain tasks easier and allowing us to have more time to take care of ourselves in other ways. Investing in good quality home tech is not a crime, so long as you’re using it and not abusing it.