This is a guest post by Sam Peters.
Technology’s not going to adapt to you. You’re going to have to adapt to it. That can be a sobering lesson for people who have not kept pace with the rapid changes in society over the last decade.
The rise of the Internet, social media, smartphones, and other innovations have rendered the world a different place than it used to be. People are more connected; information is more rapidly attained; software evolves quicker; upgrades come soon. It is necessary to continually acquire new skills in order to stay in lockstep with the pace of innovation.
So What Can I Do?
There are a number of ways you can better adapt to technology.
Learn the secrets of the Internet: familiarize yourself with social media and how it is being integrated into traditional forms of media; take seriously the power of the Internet to build brands, generate revenue, and crown kings. If you’re worried about the performance of your company learn the value of repairing your reputation online, which is something more and more businesses are doing.
Take advantage of cloud services that allow you to integrate Internet software and products as services in real-time. This is allowing companies to reduce their carbon footprints, optimize their workforces, and safeguard their data.
But the number one way you can better adapt to technology is to not to be afraid of it. It has become popular in society to regard technology as some sinister out of control force that is consuming us. The truth is that most practical technological applications are vastly improving the world, from nanotechnology and robotics being used in medical and surgical procedures to social media being used to connect social activists in struggling nations.
What Will I Need To Adapt Easily?
This requires an attitude adjustment that can be as simple as telling yourself that technology is going to do what you tell it to do. The first thing I would recommend doing is taking control of your online presence. Stop using social media to describe what you had for lunch and use it as a force for change or good. Use it to optimize your blog or website, use it to spread information about climate change or social causes. Take advantage of place-based messaging networks on your smartphone. The future is going to be heavily inundated in mobile social media. If you adapt to that reality now, you will be in a good position to evolve alongside it.
This is a Guest Post written by Samantha Peters, who frequently blogs at The Tech Update and enjoys writing about new ways you can adapt to technology in your everyday life.