Traditional means like posting letters, using a printed map, recording an episode of your favourite TV show on a video recorder are all now the things of the past, thanks to the growing inclination towards digitalised technology and the internet that is changing one’s conventional ways of life, a new study has revealed.
Researchers who surveyed 3,000 British adults found that calling the cinema to check film times was top of the list of dying activities.
Printing photographs is also no more prevalent as more and more number of people are now resorting to store images on computers, often sharing them online through social networking sites.
Smart phones have almost made telephone directories and address books redundant, the researchers say. Internet access has reduced the need to go into banks and many people now shop online instead of on the high street.
Meanwhile, travel agents are also on the verge of becoming an endangered species, as holidaymakers browse the web to find the cheapest flights and best packages themselves.
The survey found that one in five people admitted that they are now never out of reach of an internet device, such as a smart phone, computer or laptop.
Since the mid 1990s the use of personal gizmos and gadgets of all kinds has simply increased. The study divulged that the average Briton now has more than four computing devices in their home, which is more than double the number they owned just 10 years back.
The research revealed that these changes have had a radical impact on our lives as more than three in four questioned said they relied heavily on technology every day.
But as digital cameras and emails have substituted printing photos and posting letters, it appears that many people are actually glad to see them sent off down memory lane.
Six in 10 people said that they thought their lives had been enriched by new technology and 75 per cent were convinced that technology saved them at least two hours per week in running errands.
“These findings show that Brits are using technology to replace many of our traditional ways of life, as we move to a more digital world,” the Daily Express quoted Claire Galbois-Alcaix, of online back-up specialists mozy.co.uk, which commissioned the research, as saying.