At 23 years old I’ve lived only a short chapter of my life
If I had to identify one thing that has changed most throughout the years, it would be how technology has evolved and changed the world. It seems crazy that one industry can have such a dramatic effect on the entire lifestyle of a society, but there is no denying that as technology has advanced and its power and dominance in our lives has grown, it has ultimately revolutionized the way we live. Today, more than 2 billion people use the Internet worldwide, 53% of US mobile phone owners have smartphones and 19% of Americans own personal tablets.
Here at Workshare, we’re all about innovation and we wanted to take an alternative approach to discussing the much debated ‘technological evolution’ and a ten-year-old girl’s tech-savvy skills gave us the perfect angle to take.
Recently, as the summer holidays draw to a close, we’ve had a few employees’ children coming into the office for work experience. I had the pleasure of working with Neve, our Director of Online Experience and Operations’ 10-year-old daughter who, I was quick to learn, loves sour sweets and the band One Direction. She was tasked with a challenging database project, and although dubious at first, I found her to be capable, reliable, and extremely tech savvy. With this blog in mind, I wanted to know more about how Neve, at only 10 years old, was this computer literate. I decided to ask her to write a few lines about technology – what she uses and why she uses it and this is what she had to say:
"Hi, I am Neve and I am going to talk to you about my view of technology. As a child, I use a lot of the same technology as adults do but in many different ways. For example, most adults use laptops or computers for working or sending emails, but I like to use my laptop to play games, to listen to music, and watch videos on YouTube. In this post, I will walk you through how I use technology in my daily life."
I use technology basically every day
Here are some of the things I use daily and what I use them for:
- Netbook: I use my netbook for anything from playing games and listening to music, to emailing my friends and doing homework.
- iPod nano: My iPod is like all my fav artists and their songs all wrapped into one. I can listen to music, but also play a couple of games.
- iPod touch: Like my laptop, I can use my iPod to do nearly anything. I can download apps, play games, listen to music, and even search the web!
- Mobile Phone: My phone I use to call and email my friends. Sometimes I can play a couple of games on it.
- Interactive whiteboard: At school, we have interactive whiteboards, which are basically big computers on a wall. You can control them with either your finger moving around on the board or by using a laptop. We use them for work.
- TV: When I am at home, most of the time (like most other kids), I watch TV. I watch a range of channels, from kids ones, like Disney channel, to adult channels, like Channels 4 & 5.
Technology is important to me because, without any technology in the world, life would be dull. I can play games on the internet; send people emails or even watch TV! Today it is easier to talk to people through phones, computers and iPods! You can also do things with family and friends like watch TV or go to see a movie. Technology is important to me because if I don’t see my friends, I can email or text them and if we didn’t have technology, I couldn’t do all that!
I think that we need technology but we do not need to use it all the time because otherwise people would be so wrapped up in texting or emailing friends that no one would have time to see them. When I grow up I will definitely use it, but not get caught up and use it all the time.
I like technology and I think everyone should be able to use it.
As a child, the only piece of technology I owned was a television and a walkie-talkie. I played with Barbie dolls, I rode my tricycle and I had a strange obsession with the pink Power Ranger. Recently, AVG, an internet security company, found that more young children know how to play a computer game (58%) than swim (20%) or ride a bike (52%). How the times have changed!
With technology such a prominent feature of our world today, it’s not surprising that the younger generations are far more tech-savvy than ever before, and as it continues to progress, society will only get more wrapped up with the most cutting-edge gadget releases.
With the changing technological times and the significant rise in portable devices, people are turning to the cloud as the new and easy way to share their ever-growing digital library of documents and files while on the move. ESG research shows that in the years to come, the majority of companies will deliver at least 20% of their applications via SaaS. Of the companies surveyed, 25% reported that they already use or plan to use SaaS to deliver collaboration and file sharing applications.
At Workshare, we have moved with the times and, additionally to our document comparison software, we adapted our cloud solution to provide an easy-to-use collaboration platform to access, share, and collaborate on files from any browser-enabled device (including smartphones, laptops, and tablets). We ensure enterprise-class security through managed administration, access rights and permissions, and data encryption. Workshare’s cloud solution also enables accurate online rendering of over 200 document formats for further accessibility to documents.