The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a global boom in the use of technology.
The periods of increased social isolation have caused a surge in the use of technology as people across the globe strive to lead their lives as normally as possible. Audiovisual meeting platform Zoom, for example, recorded a whopping 1900% increase in daily users over the course of just three months as people sought to keep in touch with their loved ones and friends during lockdown. Similarly, workplace communications services recorded exponential increases in their userbase as employers sought to keep their workforces connected – Microsoft Teams saw their userbase more than double between April and March.
Indeed, the pandemic has made technology more crucial than ever to our everyday lives. But while such a significant culture shift would ordinarily take years to unfold, the current situation has condensed this into a few short months, forcing people to embrace technology in order to maintain a semblance of normality.
And this looks set to continue. Several of the world’s largest employers have welcomed the move to remote working; both Google and Facebook announced in May that employees would be allowed to work from home at least until the end of 2020 with Twitter going even further, revealing that its employees never have to return to the office.
Aston spoke to technology expert Stephanie Williams to speak more about the future of technology and how we might best equip ourselves.