In these blog posts, we have spoken quite often about instances of when technology has gone wrong or malfunctioned. As with any advancement, there are times where it does not quite work as hoped, and those times can lead to a more negative light on the advancement itself. When this happens, the advancement itself can become something negative. This is an unfortunate situation, because it does not show the whole light of the situation. However, while nothing is perfect, it is still incredibly important and beneficial to find the good in things. In doing this, one gets a much more accurate and full view of whichever advancement that is in question, and One of the upsides of technology is all of the time that it saves you.

In a study done by mathematician Katie Steckles, she found that on average, technology saves the average person about two weeks per year. That is two weeks that would otherwise be spent waiting in lines, shopping, cooking, driving, and doing various other mundane daily activities. This is increasingly important in a world where we continue to strive for efficiency and convenience in our everyday lives.

But how exactly are these weeks saved by technology? What aspects of your day to day life are quickened and made shorter by technology? One of the most clear aspects of this efficiency is online shopping. Online shopping comes in many forms, and each of them save you quite a bit of time in comparison to their real life alternatives. Grocery shopping online, with things such as curbside pickup or actual grocery delivery saves you all the time that would have been spent going to the store, walking up and down the aisles, finding your items, and checking out in the actual physical grocery store. Depending on how many groceries the shopper is picking up, that can be up to even an hour saved purely from doing the shopping online and with just a few clicks. And that’s just groceries. Shopping for all of the other necessities in every day life online saves you quite a bit of time as well. Clothes, housewares, shoes, technology, and anything else you could possibly need also can be bought online as opposed to taking the time to go to the stores that carry these items.

Another clear example of technology saving time for the average person daily is online maps and navigation. When driving somewhere, the worst feeling is getting stuck in a traffic jam, sitting in your car, barely moving along, and making no progress. These online maps and navigation services keep track of traffic stops, crashes, and other incidents that would cause delays, and help drivers avoid these. This saves you time on your daily commute by bringing you on the quickest, most efficient route to your destination. They do all of the calculation of the best roads to take in order to get somewhere quicker so that you do not have to. This saves you time not only in your driving itself, but also the time that would be spent figuring out a route beforehand to know where to go. “Mobile devices alone are saving users around an hour each week by making navigation more efficient and giving traffic updates and public transport times.” An hour a week adds up very quickly in the course of the year, and suddenly this technology alone has saved you about two days of time.

Banking is yet another example of technology saving time. Online banking apps give you options for checking your account, depositing money, and making transfers without actually having to go to the bank, waiting in lines and working with the tellers in order to get the same tasks done. All of these options save you time that you can then spend doing something other than standing in line at the bank.

Of course, technology does have its downsides, but the saving of time is a huge upside that can not be ignored or put aside in discussions about technology. An average of two weeks each year saved is a significant amount of time that can then be spent doing other things. Technology helps us with shopping, cooking, banking, travel, and several other things in order to make our lives that much easier. When we use technology, we save time.