The world that we live in right now is the kind of place that anyone from a previous era would think of as some kind of science fiction utopia. We have buildings running on solar power, virtual reality, tiny devices in our pockets more powerful than the computer that put men on the moon, and thousands of other amazing pieces of tech that many of us take for granted a lot of the time. Of course, as amazing as much of the technology in our lives is, it also has the capacity to be incredibly frustrating and annoying. Sadly, there’s no way around it; we need technology in our lives, so giving up on it isn’t really an option. With that in mind, here are some of the daily tech annoyances you probably deal with all the time and how to deal with them.
We’ve all had that moment, whether you’re trying to finish an essay, do some work, or just finish that show on Netflix that everyone’s been telling you to watch, and then suddenly your internet decides to start running at a snail’s pace for seemingly no reason. Of course, it’s not actually for no reason. There are a lot of reasons why your internet might be slowing down. It might be that you have too many things connected to it at once, between your phone, laptop, tablet, games consoles and anything else, and you need to disconnect a couple of things. Or it could be that the issue is your browser and you simply have too many tabs open. If you’re a Mac user, there are great programs like SetApp that can speed up slow downloads. The key is to think about what could be putting a lot of pressure on your computer and your internet connection and deal with that first.
A lack of memory
Is there anything more frustrating than going to take a picture or video with your phone and getting that little pop up telling you that you don’t have enough space for it? You end up having to fiddle with your phone, figuring out what pictures and apps you can delete to make room and by the time you’ve done all of that the moment has probably passed you by. The best thing to do in order to avoid that situation is to make sure that you’re backing up your tech as often as possible. That way you can clear out room for new things without worrying about losing any precious memories. Not only that but it’s a good idea to think about how much storage you’re going to need when you get a new phone. The last thing you want is to end up having to constantly delete things just to take a photo.
Getting a virus in your computer is something that a lot of people seem way less concerned about than they did even ten years ago. Part of that is because it’s simply less likely that you’re going to get one thanks to the increased security of a lot of computers and advances in anti-virus software. Of course, that doesn’t mean that viruses are now a thing of the past and there’s still a pretty good chance that you could get one. Because of that, it’s important that you make sure that your antivirus software is always up to date. Not only that but you need to be careful when you’re online. It’s easy to feel totally safe, but there’s always a chance that someone could try and get into your computer without your knowledge.
Short battery life
There’s something truly awful about being away from home and realising that you’ve only got a sliver of battery left in one of your devices. One of the best things that you can do to save battery life on a phone or tablet is too close as many apps as possible. You should also invest in a portable charger so that you’re always able to bring your devices back to life while you’re on the go.
The most important thing to remember is that problems with the technology that you’re using will probably have one of two causes: either the problem is being caused by the technology itself, or the problem is the way that you’re using it. The reality is that, whether you want to admit it or not, it’s the second option far more often than it’s the first. Remember to pay attention to your technology and learn how to actually use it so that you don’t fall into the trap of making mistakes that cause things to go wrong and make your life more difficult.