It’s the 21st century, and we live in an increasingly digital world. We are constantly seeing the emergence of technological changes and advancements. Our lives have become very dynamic and involve many technological innovations.
It would, therefore, be correct to say that we have entered a digital age or a digital era, which demands adaptability so we can cope with the fast-paced nature of our lives.
This can be witnessed in all the different walks of life that present themselves to us. This includes but is not limited to the corporate sphere, the social sphere, the political sphere, and other necessary sectors such as health and education – and the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the process. It put our lives on hold, and we were forced to shift every aspect of our life online, and those who failed to do so suffered. From this, we can conclude that in today’s digital era, one has to adapt to compete. Without this, we will indeed be left behind.
Firstly, the corporate world has become increasingly digitalized after the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. This is because businesses could no longer operate in their traditional sense during the lockdown. Companies, therefore, transitioned to digitalization even if they were not in favor of it before the pandemic. This allowed a mass majority to stay employed and work from home, which increased their convenience during this lockdown. Digitalization, therefore, makes our lives easier. Furthermore, digitalization is the answer in today’s world, so if we fail to adapt, we will be left behind.
We can also understand the importance of social media by looking at the value of virtual feedback in today’s world. Firms no longer believe in all publicity being good publicity. Instead, they now have entire departments dedicated to answering and tackling online reviews and complaints. This shows how influential and significant social media has become and how it is an essential tool used to increase sales. Therefore, it would not be wrong to argue that the entirety of the corporate world has shifted online, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Secondly, in today’s world, it is not easy to stay in touch or always take out time. The increase in global net migrations has further enhanced this. Relationships, therefore, have become largely dependent upon social media since this allows people to stay in touch despite distances. Examples of this include how the entire education system shifted to online methods of teaching. Similarly, even people who have entered their corporate lives experienced this shift and saw their social lives becoming completely virtual. This shift made all our relationships digital, and everyone around the world relied on social media and technology to keep us up to date.
Thirdly, even the political sphere has adapted to incorporate the digitalization of our lives. It is now common to see politicians using social media to update the public regarding essential and time-sensitive decisions. This is purely due to the acceptance of the rise of technological advancements which have recently occurred. Aside from this, we saw politicians and prominent political figures answering questions and dealing with the issues the public faces online to ensure that people can communicate directly without physically meeting. This was primarily utilized during the Covid-19 pandemic as well due to the nature of the virus.
This includes elements such as the Health and Education sectors. All of which are affected by and have in some ways been transformed by digitalization. To begin with, the health sector has started operating virtually due to Covid-19. A lot of hospitals and doctors have started consulting patients through video or voice calls. Similarly, even the world of education shifted to virtualization as the entirety of the world was plunged into a pandemic that required us to maintain social distancing.
All of this very clearly illustrates how the world is now in a digital era, and to succeed or win at this ‘rat-race,’ one needs to have an excellent understanding of technology and how it works. This is because all of life has been uploaded online, and we must now navigate a sea of digital information to process and map out our lives. Therefore, the survival of the fittest becomes a competition between who can and who can not adapt to this age of digitalization and this new virtual way of living.