There is no getting around it; the internet has changed everything about the way we live, especially within our homes.
While there are plenty of people out there who will argue the internet has a negative impact on life, the truth is without it, everything we do today would be harder! From accessing information for our children to managing our homes. The digital age has helped simplify work, rest and play.
One of the most obvious ways the internet has helped with our home life is the simplicity of finding the services we need in our area. If we need to repair giant holes in our walls, we type a few words into a search engine, and within a matter of seconds, we have a list of plasterers from our local area. We can also use it to research the people we are about to invite into our homes. Social media has forced people to be accountable. You can’t do a lousy job and hide it away. It will be there, on the internet for everyone to see.
Since auctions sites launched, we are able to sell all the things we don’t want in our homes. We don’t even have to drive anywhere to get rid of them. Just one advert on the right site and you will earn money and reduce the cost to have it taken away. You can sell whole kitchens on the internet. In the past, people would take their items to a tip or wait for a salvage yard to come and collect them. The bonus of sites like these is you can find what you are looking for, even the most absurd items or awkwardly shaped kitchen units. We can make money, and we can save money without leaving our living room.
Many home improvement companies have online design studios. Helping you to create your dream home. If you want a fitted bedroom suite, you can see images of your designs within a few hours—no more searching to find a designer then waiting for them to book you in. The digital era gives us instant access to make our design ideas come to life.
Thanks to smart devices such as Amazon’s Alexa, we can also manage our homes from our mobile phones even when we are in another country. Connected homes are almost able to run themselves. From security cameras that let you speak to people outside your house, to lights that turn on and change colour. You can buy fridges that monitor what is inside them and then reorders your shopping for you, without you having to ask!
There is no doubt, without the internet, everything would be much more challenging. We would have far less information available to help us know who to hire or what to buy. We’d spend more money and more time which in the world we live in today would be impossible. Long live the digital age!