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January 07, 2021

How 2020 Has Changed the Way that We Adapt and Adopt Technology



2020 has been a rollercoaster year to say the least. What a lot of people don’t realise is that it has also changed the way that we adopt technology as well. You have the Zoom revolution and you also have the rise of Amazon. If you want to find out how the tech market has changed then simply look below.



The Biggest Breakouts of the Year

When you look at the biggest breakouts of the year, you will see that they include Zoom. Zoom might have been an underdog video app to begin with, but now it has completely transformed. Microsoft (News - Alert) who had their very own Teams app once crushed the lesser rivals but even they could not stop Zoom from gaining the traction that they once did. There has been a lot of surges in traffic as well and a lot of this comes down to the fact that video services are increasing, and that people work from home too. YouTube (News - Alert) is even having to face lowering their streaming resolution so that they can preserve bandwidth as much as possible. Even in the biggest internet markets, there are hundreds of millions that do not have a regular connection to the internet. When you look at Africa, you will soon see that although they have been able to adopt the internet, they are still far behind. Social media and dating apps are on the rise too, along with online casino sites.

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Social Media

Even though social media has been on the rise for quite some time, it would seem that social media has rocketed more so in 2020 than ever before. The pandemic has accelerated the growth of various social communication apps. The biggest one for Facebook (News - Alert) was once Instagram but now they have been bought out. They are also closing in on WhatsApp too. Twitter (News - Alert) has done an annual review of the year and they have found that most people who posted had some opinion on the political and cultural landscape. Donald Trump and Joe Biden topped the chart and there have also been a lot of anti-racism posts. This stemmed from the killing of George Floyd and of course, the band BTS. The most-used emoji for Twitter was the one that showed a face laughing and crying at the same time and this has been the case for the third year going.

Netflix and Video Streaming

Streaming has also shown how valuable video is. Disney (News - Alert) Plus saw a very strong finish to the year as many people gathered for both Christmas and Thanksgiving. Trending hits which include the Tiger King and even the Mandalorian look to have been a positive distraction from the office and the internet has shown once more that it is the most adaptable form of technology out there. People might be using the internet more now than ever, but that being said, there have also been a lot of controversies as the result of it as well. Video calls have become inescapable and Zoom had a security issue earlier in the year. Either way, the internet has powered 2020 right from the very start.



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