Welcome to The Connected Home
Property owners are now spending more than ever to kit their homes with the latest digital devices. From large televisions to Apple products to microwaves, these devices have become staple must-haves of our age.
It is hard to say exactly when this change took place. After all, in the 1970s the standard family spent almost nothing on technological devices and household appliances. Back then television was completely free. There were no microwaves or smart phones, Blu-Ray or DVDs. The only technological device that families had to pay for was their monthly home telephone bill.
Then and now
This is the big unspoken secret of our time and why property owners are having a tougher time than ever making ends meet. Wages have been more or less stagnant for decades now, but the typical family is spending much more on technology than in any decade before.
When we discuss technology in the home, we are not talking about some imagined future utopia. Of course, films and TV have for some time now insisted that technology would alter the way we live in the future. But if we have a quick look around, we can see that the future is already here.
If you were alive back then, please cast your mind back to the modern home of the 1970s. What were the technological devices in that home? Well, there was no computer, no high-definition TV, no CD or DVD players, and no electronic kitchen appliances. All these technological devices and appliances have changed the way that we live.
Connecting your home to the internet
This website is dedicated to providing news about household connection to the internet and the pros and cons of our domestic relationship with the internet. On the one hand, it enables information and education to reach many more homes than was possible before, but does it also encourage insular lives? These days, you don’t even have to leave the house to have groceries delivered.
Anything can be ordered from home
We appear to be in an era where it is becoming less essential for us to have to leave the house to buy practically anything we desire. Our groceries can be ordered either online or by phone and then sent straight to the house. In theory we could consume all year round without ever having to go to a shop. All kinds of electronic equipment, household devices, phones, games themselves can be purchased through the internet. Essentially, anything you need is now available at the click of a mouse. Modern technology has taken us full circle to the days when people delivered to our homes.
Formerly, the dairyman delivered milk every day; the baker would deliver a loaf of bread. The coal man delivered his product and the rag-and-bone man came for things you wanted to get rid of and to sharpen your knives. All of these services seemed to disappear with the advent of large supermarket chains and the ubiquity of vehicles. But as we get faster and marketing departments aim to become more service-orientated, then technology begins to kick in and opens up new opportunities. Large organisations such as Ebay and Amazon have come into the home delivery market, as have the big shops themselves.