Less Typing and More Swiping – Convenience vs. Mere Laziness
Through the advent of innovations and technologies, people are granted more convenience. For instance, you don’t need to go to school or public library to access reading materials and books. Instead, you can just log on to Wikipedia and trusted websites and get the information you want instantly. You don’t necessarily need to go to physical shops and ask a lot of your friends and neighbors what they think about a certain product to guide you on purchasing. Rather, you go to online stores like Amazon and eBay, view product details and at the same time read reviews from customers. Practically, you can do everything in your reach very fast!
From computer desktops and laptop that require basic computer peripherals such as the mouse and keyboard to control computer programs, we now have tablet PCs and smart phones which act like a mini computer. Before long, we had to use stylus to maneuver things on the semi-touch screens. Lately, these mobile gadgets offer much higher rate of comfort to us. We only use our fingers to touch the screen and perform actions.
Tech-related news furthermore reported that come Q1 2013, there will be a new device to be launched called the leap motion. The leap motion technology only requires hand movements using quality motion sensors that track the user’s moves. They are now being rated to have great accuracy in bridging computer to human interaction.
Question is, does technology offer us convenience or do they give us some more excuses to be lazy? In this article, we tackle on both aspects.
1. More Productivity
People are getting busier and demanding nowadays. Many are doing more than one thing at the same time, honing their multi-tasking skills significantly. Technology contributes to our productivity factor.
Imagine yourself as a cashier. Would you want to spend about 15 minutes of your time typing the prices and descriptions of products checked out in the counter? Or would you want to just swipe the bar code of the item and let the computer system produce the total?
The latter makes you finish the same task in probably less than a minute. Another way is to press buttons on the touch screen to activate item checkout and compute for the total immediately. In this way, you satisfy customers and increase your productivity at your job.
2. Increased Engagement
Technology reaches far more generations, encouraging more utilization. Not only adults or people who are well-versed in using tech devices can access them extensively, but also everyone else.
Children aged six and below may not know how to type yet. But they can already play games and learn from a lot of educational apps using tablet PCs like the iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
On the other end of the age spectrum, old folks can also take advantage of the swiping technology. A lot of these seniors prefer swiping, not that they are lazy. But accounting to their old age, as much as possible, they don’t want to use their tired and shaky fingers anymore. Before the release of touch technologies, most of them do not even use mobile devices. They once were too afraid and resistant to learn, thinking that these devices are difficult to use.
1. Less capability
The use of advanced technology may also pave the way for laziness. Depending on the user, technology might disrupt skills and competence. Using the same example as above, if you’re a cashier, you may not inherent math and computing skills may deteriorate over time.
This is if you keep on using the computer to get the total cost of items checked out. Or worse, you may completely forget how to use simple mathematics altogether and waste all the time you spent in school. You don’t let your brain function, as you put your confidence and rely on technology too much.
2. Less Focus
There may be a time when technology becomes your god and you don’t anymore know how to function without it. Touchscreen devices might just alter your perspective in doing things. Instead of focusing on the nitty-gritty of details as you type information down, you tend to choose based on what’s available.
Typing and swiping would both require the user’s decision to move forward onto the next step. But typing requires more effort from the user to focus on what’s needed. In contrast, prerequisites to swiping are the choices already presented to the user. And the user only bases the decision on them. Over time, people would become lazier to use their minds to decide from their own point of view. They would simply want to be given options and settle with a push of a finger.
As our lives are lived more effortlessly every day, we tend to search for new ways to finish things without doing much. Aside from eating, bathing, dressing up and walking to go to the office, we reduce labor and save time to perform the same job without having to exert extra efforts.
Has technology entered our world to help us to be this convenient or move us to be lazy? Now it’s your time to think it through.
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