How are People Living in Rural Towns Dealing with the Growing Online-Only Culture?

It should be a burning question in the hearts of everyone. How exactly are the people who live in communities that are entirely far away from the urban world managing without the internet, mostly because the entire rest of the world is far gone in terms of technology and information?

This article will focus solely on finding out what the people in rural areas are doing right now and how they have managed to survive this long without the internet every day.

1. There was life before the internet

You need to know that the internet may not be a new development to life, but we didn’t start the world having social media and google and those other things. Although some limitations and difficulties come with living without the internet, the world will still survive without it. It is only wise to start this article on this note. In fact, many millennials are purposely moving away from urban areas to get away from the hustle of an internet-obsessed world.

2. Not everyone in rural areas doesn’t have the internet

The internet is everywhere, and whether we like to admit it or not, everyone has access to it everywhere.  The media may claim or present the matter in a little more terrible and horrible light, but that is not the case. Some young people school in urban areas and go back to rural areas during the holidays.

3. Most persons in the rural areas are seniors and retired veterans

The rural world is not filled with people who have never been to the city before.  I’m sure that the previous point was able to address that notion. The majority of the people who live in rural areas have served in the big corporations in urban areas and just want to have some quietness for the remaining part of their lives.

4. They have other more exciting activities that they indulge in

Honestly, the internet has taken more from us than we care to admit. I’m sure the people in rural areas wonder how we manage to survive without having every day the good old rodeo, horse riding, hunting, without having to wait till there’s a holiday season specifically organized for the activity. If you look past the internet that you have, what else do you do that is fun? That’s the question we should be asking.

5.  They have other forms of media from which they get information about everything that’s happening in the urban world

Does it come as a shock to you that people in rural areas have radios, TV sets, and other media outlets for airing their views? Well, it shouldn’t. Rural areas aren’t completely blacked out when it comes to getting information. In fact, they follow trends better than some of us with our costly gadgets.

The bottom line is that we may not be as happy as we think we are surrounded by the internet constantly, and the people in the rural areas are definitely not as bored or cut out from the rest of the world as we believe they are.

How is Technology Booming Since the COVID Crisis Began?

Although the COVID crisis has left many businesses struggling to survive, there have also been success stories as people switch to online companies rather than using traditional bricks and mortar outlets. So with the companies that operate via technology booming, what does this mean for the future?

Amazon

Amazon is a success story of the COVID crisis. Already the richest company on the planet, the COVID lockdown has caused a massive increase in all their services from online shopping to their streaming services. According to Amazon insiders, the company has taken on over 100,000 new employees in their U.S. warehouse facilities alone. Does this suggest the end of the shopping mall? It certainly may help its demise.

Zoom

Video conferencing companies are also doing well. Zoom which most people had never even heard of 12 months ago, is a success story of the COVID crisis, as many people switch to working from home and getting in touch with friends via this technology booming in all aspects of life.

Other Companies

Microsoft teams and other collaborative conference tools are booming as many companies have cut back on expensive office space and have moved their employees to home working.

Cloud services are also booming technology in this troubled time as companies switch to the online format and need the additional space to store documents and online collaborations.

Streaming services are certainly having a great year. Already gaining traction in the entertainment world, the closure of movie theatres, such as Cine World, is only going to add to their success. The COVID crisis has caused people to stay away from crowded spaces and to view the latest releases from the comfort of home. Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube profits are up and this technology, booming at the moment, does not look likely to be losing popularity any time soon.

The sales of technology are also up. Although the COVID pandemic initially affected production and supply to the tech giants including Apple because of the supply chain from China, this now seems to have been resolved. In technology, booming sales have arisen as people upgrade their phones, TVs and home entertainment systems. 

Not all technology is booming. The car industry is in trouble and according to global figures; one in six people working in this industry are likely to lose their jobs. Analysts predict that the pandemic will have a lasting effect upon this industry and will change the landscape of this once important industry.

In America, car production is down by a massive 90%, and customer demand is equally low. The COVID pandemic has created financial uncertainty and although the automotive industry will continue, this is not the time for most people to even consider buying a new car.

In any time of crisis, there are always winners and losers. Traditionally, a crisis has always led to an increase in revenue for bars and the entertainment industry but in today’s world of the new normal, the main winners are the companies offering technology booming all the way to the bank.

Must-Have Telecommunication Apps

Telecommunication apps have transformed the way we communicate on our phones. It is hard to believe that a couple of decades ago, the only options for communication were to dial a number and speak or to send a text message. These days you have a much wider choice of communication methods that work via your phone but do not actually cost you anything for the calls.

4 Popular Telecommunication Apps

WhatsApp

One of the most popular telecommunication apps is WhatsApp. Operated by Facebook, WhatsApp only works through the mobile phone network but enables you to make free voice calls, video calls, and text messages. With over 300 million daily active users worldwide, WhatsApp is certainly popular – especially in European countries. This is a must-have telecommunications app for everyone. It is not just because it works so well (although it does). The simple reason is that everybody uses it, so if you want to connect with many people you know, you need this app.

Skype

When it comes to telecommunications apps, Skype also takes some beating. Skype was the market leader for years and is still a popular method of communication. Numbers have dropped off in recent years but there are still an estimated 1.33 million people using it. Skype can be used for free voice / video calls and messaging. Although it is not as popular now as it was several years ago, plenty of business still operate via Skype. It has also been very useful in keeping families across the world together, many who still use Skype for this reason alone.

FaceTime

FaceTime only operates on iOS phones, so is only suitable if you have an Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. FaceTime works extremely well, since the app is built into iOS, you don’t have to bother to download it. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, 40 million Facetime messages and calls are sent each day, and new technology on the platform is making it easier to group chat. OK, it doesn’t work on android phones or tablets, but if you do have Apple products, this telecommunication app is easy to use.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is linked to Facebook, naturally, but you don’t have to be an active Facebook user to use Facebook Messenger. This app can function as an instant messenger, and you can also make voice calls and video calls. In our experience these can work very well regarding streaming and reception, and the great thing about it is that it will work on any type of smartphone. 

For business owners, Facebook Messenger is a must have app. Your Facebook customers can chat with you instantly, either by messaging or by call. Facebook Messenger enables you to be completely available to your customers without being disruptive in the same way as a Skype call. In addition, your Facebook customers can contact you directly via your sales page.Telecommunication apps are constantly evolving. (Just see our list of censor apps to keep kids safe!) There is not one telecommunication app to fit all situations and to reach all users. Therefore, your only real option is to download the ones that suit your lifestyle best. Also check top tech websites to find out about the newest, coolest apps.

How to Put My Phone to Sleep & Other Tech Tips

We all do it! I do it myself! I go to bed for an early night, only to find that three hours later I am still looking at social media and am now wide awake. Most other people are the same. Even if we resist this temptation to look at the phone, there is still the blue light of the screen and the sound of the constant notifications. Please put my phone to sleep so that I can get some rest, I say, but the problem is that I don’t really mean it.

You can make your phone more sleep-friendly without going cold turkey and actually turning it off. I didn’t know this before, and these simple tips will certainly help.

How to Put Your Phone to Sleep

Switching your phone to night mode will help reduce glare. You can set this function to timer so your phone does this automatically at bedtime. You can also set your phone to “do not disturb” or flight mode to turn off notifications or instant messages. If you use the flight mode, you can still use your alarm clock function.

If you are concerned that you are spending too much time on social media, there are a couple of apps that track your time. If you are using iOS, this is an inbuilt feature. It can make for some scary reading when you see just how much time you can waste on it.

Many of us struggle with sleeping, and it is not always the fault of the phone. Many times, I have put my phone to sleep only to lay there wide awake. So, one easy way of curing insomnia is to try a sleep supplement. I find that the best sleep supplements are the ones that contain melatonin.

Melatonin Supplements

Melatonin is a natural hormone in the body that regulates and helps you fall asleep. In supplement form, it is excellent for anyone who works irregular hours or travels, and it has been proven to be effective in clinical testing. So if irregular sleep hours are adding to your insomnia, a melatonin supplement may be worth a try.

When it comes to melatonin supplements, you have three great options. 

Try TonicSea’s Melatonin a natural supplement that contains melatonin as the sole ingredient.

Alternatively, Premier Research Labs’ Melatonin-ND contains fermented, probiotic-cultured melatonin, which helps with sleep, brain, and immune support.

My third choice is Nutramedix’s Melatonin – a natural melatonin supplement in liquid form that you just drop on to your tongue.

If you struggle sleeping, remember the following rules for bedtime. Say to yourself, put my phone to sleep and take a melatonin supplement, and if you are anything like me, you will quickly fall asleep in no time at all.