No matter how many internet stats you look at, there’s one obvious conclusion: the digital age is upon us. The number of users is growing constantly, and so is the amount of time people are spending online consuming information or sharing it through social media.
However, one thing you may not have considered is how things are changing at home. Obviously, you need to have a good internet connection at the house, but there are several other trends going on that you should be aware of so that you can keep your home up-to-date and effective.
Overall, there are tons of stats we could pull, but we chose the following three to highlight some of the things you need to keep in mind to ensure your home remains modern both now in 2020 but also well into the future.
Increased Online Time Means You Need More From Your Network
The average person now spends around six and a half hours online per day. Considering that most of us spend around 8 hours sleeping, that means we are online for around 40 percent of our waking hours on the internet in some capacity.
What does this mean for your home? Well, it means that your network is going to be under more and more stress moving forward. And if you have multiple people in the home all trying to connect, then it’s likely you will soon consume your bandwidth and will need to upgrade.
This isn’t a guarantee, but it’s something you should keep in mind, especially since people are using the internet mainly to stream videos and video chat, both of which put strain on your network infrastructure and can affect performance more so than traditional browsing.
As a result, moving forward, keep an eye on your network’s performance. Run frequent speed tests, using tools such as Speed Test by Ookla. If you notice things are slowing down considerably, especially during times when everyone is home an online at the same time, then it’s likely your network is no longer up to the task and needs to be replaced.
This may not be an issue now, but as the amount of time we spend online increases, and the activities we do become more intensive, it’s likely your network will fall behind require upgrading.
There Are 53 Million Freelancers. You Could Be One Too!
Last year, in 2019, there were 53 million people working as freelancers, and experts predict that by 2030, in just ten short years, around half of the US economy could be made up of freelancers, the vast majority of whom will be working online either for themselves or as contractors for larger companies.
At the moment, perhaps you don’t see yourself working from home, but these numbers suggest that it’s quite likely this might become a reality for you. And as the coronavirus pandemic reshapes our lives inside and out, it’s possible this trend of working from home will become even more the norm.
All of this means that it’s becoming more and more of a necessity for a modern home in 2020 to have some sort of an office space. Maybe now you work from home infrequently enough to get away with just using your kitchen table, but if you become a full-time remote worker, you’re probably going to need some sort of a dedicated space to set up shop.
This might require cleaning and/or remodeling a current room, or it might even mean putting on an addition to your home. No matter what, this has the potential to cost a lot of money and time, which is why it’s wise to start planning and taking steps towards this transition now.
Depending on your professional field, this result may be more or less inevitable, but knowing it’s a trend is vital to help keep your home modern in 2020.
Smart Home Tech is Growing Rapidly
Another significant trend in the digital world that relates to your home is the growth in smart-home technology. Conceptually, this stuff has been around since the 1970s, but the tech is just now becoming useful and inexpensive enough for it to become mainstream.
Currently, however, just 43 percent of people use some sort of smart home technology. But this number is set to change as one-third of people have indicated they plan to start using it in the next three years, according to a study from Clutch.
As a result, it might be wise to start familiarizing yourself with different smart home tech to see if it’s something for you. But perhaps even more importantly, this is something you will want to keep in mind as you make renovations and additions to your home, especially if you have your eyes on selling the place somewhere down the line.
This is because smart home tech is rapidly becoming the norm, which means buyers will expect it. So, if you are upgrading your appliances, it might make sense to go for the “smart” option, as this will be a nice bonus now and a requirement in the future. If you’re doing bigger things to your home, consult with your contractor to see if there’s anything you can do to make the home smarter, such as adding more plugs, modem jacks, access to the sun, etc., as this will not only make it easier for you to adapt but it will make your property more attractive in the real estate market.
An Ever-Changing Landscape
These stats represent just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how the internet is changing our lives and our homes. But they should demonstrate quite clearly that things are changing quickly and are set to continue to do so well into the future. Therefore, it’s important to stay up on all these latest changes and be ready to adapt so that you can remain at the front of the crowd and can take full advantage of everything this digital world has to offer.