“Things have changed, darling. Of course, there are no more late nights watching TV with the whole neighbourhood and enjoying the best dessert in the world! After tonight’s dinner you’ll see, you’ll be back in your room watching Netflix, your Dad will be with his iPad in the living room reading the online newspaper and I will go watch my favourite TV show in our bedroom. Technology, faster than you think, are developing and changing the households…”
Mom ended up her story. She mentioned the amazing development of technology and how it had affected the households in general. Now we have unlimited access to the media and guess how internet access has changed the way we live. One significant effect to mention is the variation of home design when emerging in the technology era.
“The rate of technological change has gotten so fast that we need to inform the design to reflect it.” (Kurutz 2012)
Not only did the internet access change the personal space people live in when interacting with the media, but also replace the households with the entirely new design and atmosphere. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016), in 2014-15, there were around 97% of the Australian households that had access to the internet. In Vietnam, more than 50% of the population have access to the internet within their homes (Internet World Stats 2016). This significant number has marked the importance of changing the home designs in order to adapt the new trend of living.
Every device you own, “your thermostat, alarm system, smoke detector, doorbell and refrigerator may already be networked” (Gasiorowski-Denis 2016). Life is now made easier when internet access is brought to the homes. Homes are at present designed to adapt the internet revolution. In my country (which is Vietnam), architects before designing the house will ask you questions like how many devices you’re going to have within the house and how you put them in places so that they can design that whole complicated built-in power line. Do not stop there, houses are now separated into small rooms where each family member has their own space to connect to the media. In contrast to the past when households had those large spaces for family gathering and interacting with the media together at the same time.
Kurutz, S 2012, ‘Furniture Meets the Digital Age’, The New York Times, 28 March, viewed 18 August, <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/garden/furniture-design-adapts-to-technology.html?mcubz=0>.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016, Households with internet access at home, cat. no. 8146.0, ABS, Canberra.
Internet World Stats 2016, ‘Vietnam – Internet Usage Stats and Marketing Report’, Internet World Stats: Usage and Population Statistics, viewed 18 August, <http://www.internetworldstats.com/asia/vn.htm#top>.
Gasiorowski-Denis, E2016, ‘How the Internet of Things will change our lives?’, International Organisation for Standardization, September 5, viewed 18 August, <https://www.iso.org/news/2016/09/Ref2112.html>.