INTERNET TRENDS FOR 2020 AND HOW THEY IMPACT BOOMERS

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The Internet is still growing in leaps and bounds, even if it is around a few decades. Every year, every day the bills of things we do can be paid from the internet to communication, shopping.

But what does this mean to a boy and boy over 60 years of age? Do we stick to our devices and live our lives on the display screen?

Or have we chosen to stay behind? Are we facing the inefficiencies of landline, bank teller wicket and cashier line in shops?

Cash becomes meaningless

One of the biggest new trends going on in 2020 is not being accepted as a method of cash payment. Oh yes, thanks to the internet, we are moving towards a cashless society. This is happening slowly in large cities and spreading through chain stores.

You can’t blame businesses for this. This is logistics, this ridiculous word that means nothing. You see, cash count and responsibility are required. It involves a balance at the end of the day, and the difference will have to be paid if it is not added.

Employees of these days are not placed with this responsibility, especially when they are paid the minimum wage. A cashless cash register (assuming they have to be renamed) means that there is nothing to steal.

Bars, restaurants, and shops are adopting this trend, as losses from theft are eating into their profits.

Moving away from cash makes it all that much easier. To play, you simply tap your card on the ‘little machine’ and Bob’s uncle. You may also have to enter a short code, but it’s all super quick, and off you go.

What does this cashless society look like? Many of us are not comfortable with this for two reasons. One, it can be challenging to set up (more trips to the bank), and two, it is related because it does not involve the normal ‘cash’ physical activity that we use with cold hard cash.

All this can become a worrying mystery, seemingly unrealistic, a prank or a scam. We also have security and privacy concerns, and what about identity theft, and all the other problems we hear on the news?

Is this too much technology?

We are moving into 2020, and every day more people go online to take full advantage of the services. Are you involved in this? I think it can happen. While many of us were apprehensive and did not trust computers a few years ago, we are starting to come around, as we see everyone doing.

We see how the Internet has evolved and almost everyone has jumped into it. We have realized that errors have been fixed, security is improving, and the Esc key lets us undo our mistakes easily. Best of all, it is so easy to use.

We learned that we don’t have to go to the bank to pay our bills, we don’t have to wait patiently to make an appointment, and we can easily do our grocery shopping from our living room and this can be transported. Unfortunately, this did not exclude groceries, but I am sure the option was coming.

The cell phone has changed

Remember a few years ago when many of us said that we just need a mobile phone, we can call and receive calls? That we haven’t liked all the apps, buttons and icons, not to mention the small screen. I think they listened.

The screen on my cell phone is large, and easy to read because I can control the size of what I see. Yes, they are listening to us Boomers, making the Internet where we want it to be.

Do you still use your cell only for phone calls? I believe that most of you hardly use the functionality of phone calls. Why pay for phone calls when messaging, chatting, and texting are all free?

Do you have dinner at your Sunday brunch or a video call with your grandchildren? Are you watching your favorite streaming show while you are waiting for an appointment?

Maybe you are doing your grocery shopping or paying that parking ticket, making reservations for dinner, and checking the exercise schedule at your gym, when you see that new When and where is the film playing.

And you do this during your morning coffee. It used to take hours to do all this, but now it is done in minutes.

Less to remember, less to forget
I don’t remember when my next hair, dentist and doctor appointments will be. They are now automatically stored in my calendar after booking on-line. I have electronic receipts for payment of bills, through bits of paper and for storing elsewhere.

I can immediately find out if a restaurant is open and browse their menu to decide if I really want to eat there.

I can send messages with any number of people at the same time, which is super useful for figuring out where to meet for our late afternoon walk. And then I can post photos during the walk, to envy all my other friends that they were not with us.

It’s a world of expansion
Our world has expanded with the Internet. We are capable of possibilities. We are using the world wide web to write books, participate in conferences, create on-line courses to teach others what we know.

We are also making videos of our pets or cooking, and our hobbies to post to our friends. Finally, we collaborate with those who share our passions and interests.

We can do a lot on the Internet, make our lives easier, reduce our stress and keep us connected. Now, as 2020 is on our doorstep, we’re exploring what else we can do on the Internet and figuring out how to do it. And for all that we can’t do yet, make sure we get there soon.

How do you use the Internet in your everyday life? Or are you too apprehensive to trust it? What are your concerns about the Internet? What possibilities have you explored so far? Please share it with our community!

 

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