We last left off in the middle of Randi Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Zuckerberg Media, talking about what she believes are the emerging trends of technology. She spoke mainly of the internet empowering the “everyday man” to pursue their entrepreneurial spirit, she spoke of how tech giants and social media sites are becoming the popular news sources, and she mentioned how teens of this generation are the most influential and well-connected due to their prowess with social media and other similar tools. In this blog we will conclude with her other 5 trends so without further ado here are Randi Zuckerbergs 5 more trends of technology.
WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY= Women have been pigeonholed in the technology world as being inferior to women. To counteract this there have been movements to increase women’s proficiency and activism in the technology world. Websites such as Girls Who Code have been created to promote the spread of knowledge among women and in fact the youngest mobile app developer is actually a 7 year old girl. Women are most definitely tech savvy and they just have to overcome the stigma against them.
GAMIFICATION FOR MOTIVATION= This refers to turning daily tasks into games in order to motivate ourselves to accomplish more. One such example is an app that acts as an alarm with access to your credit card information. Each time you hit the snooze button it automatically donates money to the charity of your choice. Running, one of the most popular exercise forms has evolved with motivational apps as well such as one that simulates zombie sounds in your headphones to motivate you to run farther and faster.
PASSION PROJECTS AS A SIDEJOB= This trend is the increasing likelihood of people with passions or hobbies to turn those into sidejobs that they can earn extra income and pursue their passions. Randi spoke highly of this trend as stimulating the entrepreneurial mindset into the “common working man.”
WE ARE ADDICTED TO OUR PHONES= More of a negative trend but a very real one we face. As we become more connected in the social media world, we tend to miss out and become disconnected from the real world. We ignore friends in our immediate company to text ones who aren’t there and our FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) has caused us to believe that we lead boring lives compared to the crazy stories we read on the internet.
DISCONNECT AND BE MORE MINDFUL OF TECHNOLOGY= Randi mentioned that it was great to be connected with people far away but in order to not lose sight of those around us we must put down our devices and reconnect with friends, family, and nature. Technology is evolving to connect the opposite sides of the world even faster but we can never disconnect with what is right in front of us.
Randi touched on some very poignant and deep issues in her talk. She is encouraging us all to disconnect and reconnect with the world around us and stop and smell the roses sometimes. I believe that we should embrace the technology around us and integrate it into our lives instead of being consumed by it.