There’s the old saying of “Life comes at us fast,” and what comes at us even faster is technological progress. No matter if you are a tech junkie or just a casual user, it is fascinating to think back to how amazing a new product or operation system felt in its day only to see it today and realize how clunky and slow it feels by comparison to what’s on the market now.
Largely, that is just a good thing for the end-user. Each little upgrade has the opportunity to make our daily lives run just a little more smoothly. However, that rapid progress comes at more than a financial cost. Unsure what this means in the larger sense of things? Here’s the breakdown of all that comes with rapid technological progress.
The benefits are the most obvious to most end users. As it was mentioned, this typically just means a better experience for consumers. Be it their computers are easier to use, load more quickly, or last longer, those are all benefits and large factors in what and when consumers buy their next computer.
Of course, this also extends to phones. With portable devices, it might mean access to more demanding apps, a better camera, or larger battery life. While not quite the same with computers, it is typical for people to only expect a few years out of their phones for the user to feel like their money was worth the purchase price.
After thinking about all the benefits of technological progress, it might become clear what the bad is. With each new product we purchase, the next model is never far behind. Thankfully many electronics are able to receive software updates for a few years but after that support is ended, depending on what the device is, it might quickly run into issues.
Once apps and software are being developed past the final version of the operating system our devices support, many may run into issues with stability and optimization. Whether we use these devices professionally or to generally make our lives easier, the issues a user might run into becoming obvious.
Once a device enters its unfortunate obsolescence, it still physically exists. It might remain in a drawer or storage for a decade or simply thrown away, but it is still occupying space somewhere. Any spring cleaning might result in an old phone found in the back of a drawer but imagine this on a professional level and the image quickly becomes overwhelming.
Thankfully, ITAD companies exist to solve this very ugly problem. Not only are they able to help with the physical removal of old and unneeded electronics but arguably more importantly, they are able to provide data destruction. It can’t be stated enough, this is extremely important for both professional and personal data.
Simply throwing away any kind of electronic device means you don’t know whose hands they could end up in and what they could do with your information. Along with that, the environmental impacts of letting these devices end up in landfills is not to be understated.