By: Joseph Flynn, 11
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With the continuous development of technology in this ‘digital era,’ humanity’s dependence on technology has accelerated significantly. This accelerated pace has led to advancements in the ways in which technology can be used to further convenience travellers. This can be seen through the integration of Wi-Fi in airplanes, buses, cars and other transportation vehicles.
A part of the multitude of benefits for having Internet access includes added efficiency while traveling. Nowadays, because much of the work we do requires researching or submitting on comments that “[one is] more efficient at getting work done” while one is traveling because it is now possible to work for longer periods of time during car rides to school and other places.
On the other hand, does the increased use of gadgets during travel take away the leisurely experience one may have while one travels? Some may argue that the availability of Wi-Fi during travels means that people are always contactable and working and are therefore more stressed during transit, resulting in a worse experience for the passenger. Although Ian believes that Wi-Fi can increase work time, he agrees that people can often “be distracted while [they travel] as they are not in their usual [working] environment, which means [their] work will not be as good.” The added anxiety and rush during travels can combine to make the lifestyle of the student less healthy and reduce their quality of work.
Whether or not you take advantage of the Internet during your travels, access to Wi-Fi is now being applied to all people and all forms of transportation. Hence, it is up to the individual to decide if they want to make use of the new technology provided or stick to more traditional methods of entertainment and time consumption during travel such as in flight entertainment or a good old low tech book.