Is tech confusing for you? 3 hacks for easier adoption
this guide is designed to help you easily adopt technology in your personal and professional life.
We live an increasingly digital world, and much of modern human life includes a high level of technology. Computers, smartphones, the Internet and other modern technology permeates our culture and our lives. It influences how we communicate, do business, learn, work and nearly every other action of modern life. In fact, the only things that do not seem to include heavy tech involvement are activities that are specifically designed to avoid it, such as experiencing the great outdoors and unplugging.
For young people, the significant presence of technology in modern life is an accepted fact. They were born into a digital era, and they know no other way of living. But for anyone over the age of 30, the continuous adjustments to constant upgrades, updates, gadgets, devices, software, and techniques can be much more uncomfortable.
While we may be able to avoid food blogs and Snapchat filters in our personal lives, the professional world is becoming increasingly dependent on the ever-changing nature of technology. Failure to keep up with new company devices, software upgrades, digital processes and other technological elements could lead to falling behind careerwise.
But whether you are simply looking to tolerate new technology at work to avoid being left behind, or you truly hope to embrace the digital world, this guide is designed to explain three of the most basic and practical hacks (Internet lingo for tips, tricks or strategies) to help you easily adopt technology in your personal and professional life.
Set specific goals
In order to achieve any goals, they must be clearly defined and realistically attainable. For large, overall goals, it may also be necessary to break them down into smaller pieces which can be achieved in the near future. For example, you could say that you have the overall goal of learning smartphones, but this is daunting and unrealistic for non-tech savvy individuals.
Instead, you can break it down into smaller, more immediate goals and focus on one aspect of smartphone technology at a time. You could begin by learning how to text your friends and family, then move on to mastering specific apps at a time, and eventually, graduate to more advanced concepts like Wi-Fi calling or Bluetooth connections.
After identifying the specific goals which you hope to achieve, the best way to learn most tech devices and concepts is by diving right in. Immerse yourself in the technology and do not be afraid to make mistakes. Most modern devices are built pretty soundly in terms of hardware and software, and it is unlikely that you will break it through trial and error. That is the method by which most people test and learn new technologies, even experienced techies. Humans are hardwired to learn through experience and repetition, and this will be the best way to adapt to the digital world.
In addition to trial and error, seek out other learning opportunities like videos and tutorials. Remember to take things one device or program at a time and fully immerse yourself in your digital learning experience.
Learn from others
While there is much that can be accomplished on your own in the digital world, one of the best ways to fully understand new technologies is with the help of others who have experience with them. No matter how much you may tinker and toy with a new device, there will always be some features and capabilities that you’ll miss on your own– this is true even for experienced users.
You should connect with someone who has already mastered the technology you hope to learn and ask them for help. Even if you do not feel comfortable asking for help directly, you can learn a lot simply by watching them interact with the device or software.
By clearly defining some achievable goals, immersing yourself in the technology and being willing to learn from others, you will be able to adopt new technologies, devices, and apps more quickly than you may have imagined.