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Adjusting to digital life

Muhammad Omar Iftikhar

The world has been using the Internet for well over two decades and applications on smartphones for over a decade. Their importance and usability were greatly admired when lockdowns were imposed in March across the world’s cities in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. These digital applications used on laptops, desktops, and cell phones have aided us in completing our daily tasks with ease. Whether it is typing a document and checking errors in it, connecting through video calls, purchasing products, ordering food, booking a ride, or conducting classes for that matter. Such applications have enabled us to continue with our life’s activities despite being under a lockdown. Millennials were the most attuned to using such applications and they adapted to this change without any hassle. They had been connecting with friends and classmates over such applications and social media tools and had an idea of how to use them when they went into isolation. The problem, however, was for the adults and senior citizens to adapt to using such technologies. Although many adults already had a smartphone, they were not properly utilizing its features as compared to the younger generation. They had to learn the basic concepts of using digital media applications. Such was the case with senior employees who had to participate in virtual meetings or faculty members who had to take online classes. The need of the hour was and will be to keep learning, unlearning, and relearning how to use digital media technology for effective results. With the Covid-19’s second wave upon us and most of the offices and all of the educational institutes working online, we must keep updating our knowledge by knowing more about the latest digital media technologies and how to incorporate them in our lives.

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