Over the last century we have seen huge changes in the way we use technology as we go about our everyday lives.
When we look in and around the home we have seen many modifications that now include technology; if we look back around 40 years the radio was the main source of entertainment, whereas if we compare that to the modern era we now witness entertainment such as the 3D television in the living the room.
In our lives today technology is heavily involved in just about everything we do, from the second we wake in the morning to the second we drift off at night, in fact many of us even struggle to wake in the morning without the aid of technology.
In this article I intend to give you a brief insight into how technology has changed in and around our homes.
The kitchen has witnessed some substantial changes throughout the years, and it is a room that has grown rapidly due to the evolution of technology within our homes. It has moved from a traditional place which was used solely for the purpose of cooking, to now becoming a place in which many families spend the most time together.
Spending hours slaving over food in the kitchen is now a thing of the past, as we now look to technology and a timer in order to leave food to cook at its own devices, with ovens that warn you when food is cooked and can even turn themselves off. Simple chores such as washing the dishes are a thing of the past now with technology creating a common device known as the dishwasher.
Technology is now everywhere we turn in the kitchen, but this is not always viewed as a positive move. Many experts believe the creation of so many pieces of equipment has meant that we have become too lazy, stating the large obesity statistics we see just about every day in the paper are due to the lack of manual tasks and the modern fast food devices we have come to rely on in the kitchen. Many believe that the skills we used to develop on the cooking front are now a thing of the past, instead we rely largely on the skill of the technology within our kitchens.
The television is another marvellous creation and was once seen as a paradise in the home but now we can watch a TV everywhere we turn, even in the kitchen. It has become popular to see a TV on a wall in the kitchen, as more time families spend time in the kitchens they also don’t want to miss their every day fix of their favourite programmes.
In times not that long ago, the main source of entertainment in the home would have been a simple board game like chess, and then we saw the introduction of the radio which formed the basis of a new era of entertainment for families across the World.
The radio was a huge creation within technology and also a massive source of entertainment in the home, while it may still used by some, it is far from our main entertainment factor nowadays. Advances in technology have seen products like the laptop, the iPod, the iPad and various games consoles take over. On modern games machines we now have ways of keeping fit from our living rooms using active games and areobic activities . More and more people also use their computers and the internet to order the food they need for the week, which begs the question; do we ever need to leave the house again?
Another downfall of these remarkable improvements in technology is the fact that more people could be put out of work, with new ways of learning direct from your computer screen, as well as things like home fitness, there may soon be no need for a private tutor or even no need for the gym as everything can be more or less done from the comfort of your home.
The bedroom is traditionally a place that we would sleep at the end of the day, however nowadays we spend so many more hours in our bedrooms, especially as a child.
The bed itself has now become something that can literally look however you wish, from the old wooden structure moving out and now our children being able to sleep in a princess castle or even a playground, technological improvements and designs mean we can literally do whatever we want.
Another hugely improved piece of technology is lighting – we now have lighting that can be turned on when we walk through the door using a sensor – it’s safe to say that the candle that was once the main form of light in the home is now only there for decoration purposes.
Entertainment has become a large part of a bedroom that children spend larges periods of time in their rooms on their own or with friends instead of socialising with family or playing outside. Improvements in games consoles and large screen televisions has altered how our children grow up, which often leads to arguments that technology doesn’t always benefit our lives, especially when we are young.