16 Advantages of Digital Technology

Updated on September 6, 2019
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Paul taught audio and visual digital media creation for may years and it remains a passion. Born in the UK, he now lives in Florida.

Digital technology has transformed modern life, bringing with it many advantages. We carry more computing and storage power in our mobile phones than was used to launch and land the first lunar module.
Digital technology has transformed modern life, bringing with it many advantages. We carry more computing and storage power in our mobile phones than was used to launch and land the first lunar module. | Source

Digital technology has transformed nearly every aspect of modern life. Travel, work, shopping, entertainment, and communications are just some of the areas that have been revolutionized in recent decades. It's now rare to find an electronic device or piece of machinery that doesn't incorporate digital technology in some way.

Digital technology means that devices can be more compact, faster, lighter, and more versatile. Huge amounts of information can be stored locally or remotely and moved around virtually instantaneously. Even the term "information" has expanded to include media such as photos, audio, and video, and no longer refers to just words and numbers.

16 Digital Technology Benefits

  1. Social Connectivity
  2. Communication Speeds
  3. Versatile Working
  4. Learning Opportunities
  5. Automation
  6. Information Storage
  7. Editing
  8. Accurate Duplication
  9. GPS and Mapping
  10. Transportation
  11. Low Cost
  12. Entertainment
  13. News
  14. Warfare
  15. Banking and Finance
  16. Smaller Sized Devices

I will explain each of the advantages below.

1. Social Connectivity

Digital technology makes it easy to stay in touch with friends, family, and work remotely, even if you are in another part of the world. You can communicate by words, video, audio, and exchange other media. Websites, apps, and software have all been created to help users to socialize. With social media, messaging, texting, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones, nobody need feel isolated in the digital world. News and local events update users regularly.

2. Communication Speeds

Internet speeds have increased exponentially since the early days of dial-up. Ever faster broadband enables the transfer of large amounts of information across the web almost instantaneously, making it possible to stream video and audio in real time, send large data files, and access data from virtually anywhere in the world. Traditional media generally takes much longer.

3. Versatile Working

The nature of work has been transformed by digital technology. Increased connectivity options mean that many people now have far more opportunities for working from home, as remote working becomes increasingly common. Many jobs can now be done from hundreds, or even thousands of miles away without difficulty. Without the need for all workers to be present in the same building, many other flexible working practices are now possible.

4. Learning Opportunities

Anybody with access to the internet now has access to a huge proportion of the world's knowledge over the web. Lessons and courses can now be delivered virtually online. Communication advances mean that you can now easily communicate with most of the world's population and learn directly from sources, for example if you are trying to understand foreign events, or learning a new language. Digital technology can also be easier to use for people with disabilities and often give them equal access.

5. Automation

Digital technology is increasingly making machines smarter. In some cases, the machines no longer need humans to operate them, freeing up workers from often boring tasks for more interesting pursuits. In other cases, smarter machines mean better standards of safety, or a better experience for the user. Products and services drop in price as the technology develops and becomes more common. Many tasks can now be done directly by customers, rather than having to be done through another person acting as an intermediary, for instance, booking a holiday.

6. Information Storage

Digital technology enables the storage of massive amounts of information in relatively small spaces. Large amounts of media, such as photos, music, videos, contact information, and other documents can be carried around on small devices like mobile phones. As well as physical locations, data can also be stored online, enabling it to be accessed from any device which has internet access.

Creative options for editing videos and photos have increased exponentially with the advent of digital technology. The technology is more affordable and easier to use too, what used to require a studio with expensive equipment can now be done at home
Creative options for editing videos and photos have increased exponentially with the advent of digital technology. The technology is more affordable and easier to use too, what used to require a studio with expensive equipment can now be done at home | Source

7. Editing

One of the great advantages of digital technology over traditional media is that the information can be easier to edit or manipulate. Word processing has brought about a revolution in the editing of text. Video editing, which used to require expensive studios and equipment, can now be done on a laptop in a bedroom. All sorts of photographic effects are now available, as well as the ability creatively alter images.

8. Accurate Duplication

One of the great things about digital technology is that it enables the exact duplication of media. For instance, you can write a work report and email it to multiple recipients, or you can distribute multiple copies of photos to family and friends. Breakthroughs in technology are now happening in the field of 3D printing, which looks set to radically transform our world.

9. GPS and Mapping

Finding your way around used to involve referring to a paper map, but digital combined with satellite technology has transformed travel. GPS services can now pinpoint your position accurately, update you on traffic jams and road closures in real time, and give you lots of up-to-date information such as time of arrival at your destination, as well as alternative routes. If you want to find a gas station or drugstore that's open, that's easy too.

10. Transportation

Many trains and airplanes already rely to an extent on digital technology. Road vehicles, such as cars and trucks,will become fully automated in the not too distant future. Accessing timetables, as well as booking planes and trains now often takes place online. Passports contain digital chips that hold information, enabling self service machines to speed up the process of checking in and passing through customs.

11. Low Cost

Aside from paying for an internet service and the basics like a modem, much of what the digital world offers can be accessed for free. Sending an email, communicating via a video link-up with family, and surfing the internet generally cost nothing. It can provide opportunities for low cost self-education, setting up a business, buying and selling items, or earning money online.

12. Entertainment

The entire entertainment industry and the way that people amuse themselves has been radically transformed. Many people get their fun from online social media, or playing computer games. Traditional media has evolved too, as televisions and broadcasting have become digitalized, along with radio.

Traditional sources of news such as newspapers have seen a dramatic decline in recent years, as digital media takes over. Many people now get their news via social media, as well as directly from news websites.
Traditional sources of news such as newspapers have seen a dramatic decline in recent years, as digital media takes over. Many people now get their news via social media, as well as directly from news websites. | Source

13. News

Increasing numbers of people get their news online, either via a website or social media. Even traditional news media, such as TV and radio, have been digitalized. People have more options for news sources than ever, and most of it is available 24 hours per day. Independent and do-it-yourself journalism is now very common, as well as ordinary people taking photos and videos on their phones at locations where a news event is taking place.

14. Warfare

Advances in technology mean that wars can increasingly fought remotely, avoiding the risks associated with having soldiers physically present on or above the battlefield, where they are prone to injury or death. Drones and missile technology are particularly reliant on digital technology to work effectively, but most machinery is being gradually becoming increasingly automated.

15. Banking and Finance

There's no doubt that digitalization has led to a revolution in financial matters. Online banking done either through a laptop, tablet, or phone app is now the norm. Bank users can now check their incoming and outgoing payments remotely, as well as arrange money transfers and bill payments. Outside of banking, other financial matters, such as buying and selling currency and shares can be dealt with online. Transferring money between accounts both nationally and internationally has also seen a great deal of innovation in recent years.

16. Smaller Sized Devices

One general effect of digital technology that is almost taken for granted is that devices can be made much smaller. The phones that we carry around are mini-computers, for example, capable of surfing the net, working as calculators, planning journeys, capturing and playing photos, audio, and videos, providing games for our amusement, as well as operating as phones and having other functions. Smaller devices generally means more portability and less space used up in living spaces.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • Why will digital technology take many jobs from people?

    Many roles traditionally performed by humans are prone to being taken over by computer-controlled machines in the near future. For example, self-driving vehicles are currently being developed, which will eventually take jobs from delivery drivers, taxi drivers, truck drivers, and others. Self-driving vehicles could potentially operate 24 hours/day, wouldn't need breaks except for refueling, wouldn't get sick or go AWOL, would be less prone to driving accidents, and would not need to be paid a wage.

© 2018 Paul Goodman


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