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Why Should you Shop Online?

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Shopping. It’s something that is universal in societies everywhere and it’s something that everyone enjoys doing. And whether we realize it or not, we spend most our lives working so that we can eventually go shopping. Whether it’s buying clothes, groceries, a new car, or even a house, we work to get money so that we can spend it on things we need or want.

Technology. It’s an integral part of our society. We measure the progress of civilizations based on their technological advancement. But what is it really? In simple terms, technology is any invention or discovery that makes life easier for people. Take the wheel for example – it is one of the earliest technological advancements of humanity that allows people to travel more efficiently and is such a useful tool that we still use it to this day. A more modern example and one of immense social significance is the internet. Now I don’t think anyone would disagree that the internet has revolutionized every aspect of society as we know it – and if you do still have doubts, just remember that you wouldn’t be able to read these words otherwise.

Now you’re probably wondering what shopping and technology are doing at the top of this article, both in bold as if they were equally significant and/or somehow related. Well firstly, technology – by it’s nature – is involved in literally everything, including shopping.

Don’t believe me? Go look back through previous articles and click on a few of the hyperlinks below the images. Where does it take you? Amazon.com – an internet website that launched almost 20 years ago where most people nowadays do their online shopping. Starting off as an online bookstore, Amazon quickly diversified their products and in the 2000s when internet usage became much more common, Amazon became one of the most popular websites to do online shopping.

In recent years, thanks to tech-advances like PayPal and Bitcoin, internet transactions are becoming almost as common as in-person transactions and as a result, the shopping industry is forced to accommodate. Almost every store (clothing, grocery, etc.) now has a website that shows what products are in stock and what certain prices are. Some grocery stores, such as Safeway even allow you to do your grocery shopping online and have it home delivered!

Now like all things related to technological advancement there has to be some sort of “Is technology ruining our lifestyles?” debate. Well since the question is always out there, why not address it, right?

So, “Is Technology ruining the way we shop?”

Now this may seem like a really ridiculous question. Online shopping is simply so much more convenient. You can compare prices of products from different stores, see what certain store branches have in stock and ultimately purchase your desired products, all from the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to worry about the “store’s hours of operation” or be inconvenienced by driving around town just to get to different stores.

However, like all things tech related, there seems to b a certain lack of personal connection. Part of the reason some people go out physically shopping is so that they get to do a little bonding time with friends or family. Some people like to go to clothing stores to get the opinions of people on their outfit selections, and get trendy new fashion ideas.

Now I know I didn’t answer my own question but when it comes to physical or online shopping, each has it’s merits. The former represents the social aspect of shopping and the latter shows the efficiency and convenience of shopping through technology.

In my opinion, a marriage of these two merits is perhaps the ideal shopping experience. The social aspect plus the ease of the technological convenience.

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How Tech’d up are you for School?

 

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(Case – Macbook pro case, Keyboard – Accessories, Bag – Mackbook Bag, Laptop – 15” Macbook pro with retina Display, Kindle – Kindle Fire, iPad – 16GB iPad 2, Stylus – smartphone/ tablet stylus.)

Last week I wrote about the joys of “Back to School” week and the basic must haves supplies of going back to school. However I realized after writing that article, that many of those items are very slowly being replaced by numerous tech devices. Take the last decade for example (2000-2010), the only things that kids in school used to do homework was a pen, paper, and notebook and for the most part technological exposure was limited to using the internet for research and using a computer to write essays. However in recent years, technology has been making its way into the classrooms. Online courses can now be substituted for regular courses, smart-boards replace chalk boards and assignments can be given and submitted online rather than in a classroom. While the modern classroom still requires the use of a pen and paper, these are being gradually replaced by different technology. So this week I’m going to focus on certain tech-stuffs that you can add to your collection of school supplies.

For college students, having a laptop is a must. Sure, any student can make use of computers at a campus library, but having a laptop (while expensive) is very, very convenient. Many students in college prefer to take notes on their laptops, and as an added bonus some college professors post lecture notes on their course websites, so being able to access those on your computer while in class can be helpful. And if you’re planning on spending a decent amount of money on a laptop, you might as well make sure it’s worth it and get a laptop that does the job. I personally use a 15” Macbook Pro. While it’s a little heavier than the Macbook air, the hogher processing power and memory storage are mean that I can use my Macbook for things other than school-work.

And lets be honest, when you buy a laptop, it’s not going to be just for schoolwork, you’re going to use it, most likely for every day use, so why not personalize your laptop? Apple has developed many accessories for their products, but some of them are worth buying for both practical and aesthetic reasons. Take a Macbook case for example. It provides some protection for your very, very expensive piece of tech, and can be customized to fit your personality. Keyboard covers can give your laptop an added flair and also serve to protect your laptop from scratches, dirt, or food/drink spills. Laptop bags are essential if you plan on going somewhere without a backpack or an adequately sized purse. It limits your laptops exposure to anything that can damage it which is equally important if you’re traveling somewhere far or simply looking to use your laptop at the local Starbucks.

Some students that I’ve met don’t like using their laptops but instead prefer to use their iPads. They’re lighter than laptops and can access the internet the same, however you probably won’t be writing essays or working on assignments with them. You can however take written notes with them. Thanks to the app Paper for iPad, your iPad become an electronic notepad. All you need is an electronic stylus and you can draw, or take notes on your tablet or mobile device.

Last week I also mentioned that Amazon has a special membership for students that need textbooks. Well as I’ve found out, some textbooks now are available for purchase on Kindle. Now I don’t think I can overstate how convenient having three or four textbooks worth of information on one small device. Not only does it cut down on the amount of stuff you have to carry with you, but you’ll have all your information consolidated in one place!

With this decade already well underway, technology seems to be a part of every day life. And the strange thing is that many of the tech that we already take for granted wasn’t available to us barely ten years ago. However, in my opinion, no matter how far technology can take us there will always be some things that technology cannot replace.

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