With changes in technology coming faster than ever, even the most savvy and up-to-date twenty-something can sometimes feel out of the loop. Between the increasingly complex features in every new generation of smartphone, and the growing interconnectedness of social media platforms, media services, and even the appliances in our homes, staying abreast of the latest developments can feel like a full-time job. No wonder some Millennials are opting to forego the latest gadgets in favour of more basic technology, and others are turning to electronics-free spaces when holidaying.
While the urge to disconnect might be strong, there are good reasons to resist it. Being too plugged in might have its downsides, but so does losing site of the new benefits technological developments specifically offer younger generations. At a time when many Millennials are struggling to enter the workforce and relying more and more on the gig economy, familiarity with the latest new tech can be part of your pitch to potential employers.
One of the best ways you can do this is by making great technology articles part of your regular reading diet. Take a few minutes out of every day to read up on the latest developments and find out what informed commentators are saying about them. This will not only make you more informed as a consumer, it can help you become a trusted influencer in your own social networks.
It can also save you a significant amount of money. One of the by-products of rapid growth and turnover in the electronics sector is a booming second-hand market for electronic devices of all kinds. Knowing the difference between new and older generations laptops, for example, can help you make an informed decision while shopping, and can provide you with the information you need to make a truly informed choice. If a pre-owned older generation laptop is half the price of the latest model and has most of the same features, why spend more?
Following tech trends can also help you save money if you are considering selling your own used electronics. Knowing what is new gives you a better sense for what older devices might be worth, whether they be gaming systems, cameras, or computers. Given that many people view their used electronics as garbage to be disposed of, if you understand the market and are up-to-date on what particular devices are worth, re-selling used tech can provide a potentially lucrative second source of income.
This isn’t to say Millennials shouldn’t sometimes choose to unplug and relax; but as with most things in life, it is a question of balance. Having the latest tech at your fingertips can help you be strategic about your time and maximize the potential of the powerful tools that are a growing feature of modern life. This is just as true for important developments in equipment your livelihood relies on — like the newest generation of smartphones or the best laptops for running graphic design programs — as it is for understanding the ins-and-outs of that DSLR camera you’ve had your eye on.
The only constant in life is change, and by staying on top of new technological developments, you can make sure you are in the best position to reap the benefits of the exciting new innovations that are changing our world.