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Some people still prefer to do things like studying, socializing, and shoe shopping out in the real world. However, modern technology is making these things more accessible and enjoyable online. Indeed, for some activities, online options are now decidedly better. To prove the point, here are five activities that are easier, smoother, and far more enjoyable online.
1. Filing your taxes
Even if you use an accountant, it’s still far less time-consuming to file your tax return online. Throughout the financial year, you can save and store your receipts and other relevant documents in the cloud. Then, when tax time rolls around, either fill everything out yourself or send all the documents to your accountant to handle. Either way, the digital process beats going into an accountant’s office and sitting through the whole filing process.
This is a controversial point, and many people will disagree. However, there’s no denying the fact that online work delivers far more flexibility than the in-person alternative. So, if you have a family to care for, fancy the life of a digital nomad, or simply want to have control over when and where you work, you’ll probably find online employment to be incredibly fulfilling.
3. Grocery shopping
If you hate grocery stores and their aggressive fluorescent lighting with a passion, ordering online will change your life. You can browse the digital shelves from the comfort of your couch, select an ideal delivery window, and take advantage of special online-only offers. Then, someone else handles the task of picking all your goods off the shelves and driving to your house. All you have to do is collect the order, check everything is there and in good condition, and you’re done!
Time is your most valuable resource. By handling tedious tasks like grocery shopping online, you’re earning back time you can dedicate to your loved ones, your hobbies, or your self-care – all worthy investments.
4. Storing photos and important documents
While there is something lovely about sitting down with a large photo album and diving into a pool of nostalgia, it’s far more practical and convenient to store your albums in the cloud. This approach makes it easier for you to share your experiences with friends and family members, and ensures that your memories will always be backed up and safe.
The same goes for important documents. Hard copies can be lost or destroyed, whereas digital copies that are backed up in the cloud are always safe. Best of all, you can access this important data from any device so long as you know your login credentials.
5. Finding viewpoints that differ from your own
In the real world, it’s easy to end up in an echo chamber of your own ideas since we tend to gravitate toward people who share common beliefs and interests. However, you will be a far more informed and well-rounded individual if you seek out opposing points of view and engage with people from different cultures, backgrounds, and belief systems.
This is, of course, possible out in the real world. However, it can be far easier to dip into a pool of conflicting viewpoints online. Sites like Reddit are a great way to meet and interact with people from different cities, states, countries, cultures, and ways of life.
These easy online activities prove that the internet isn’t all bad. Technology certainly does present some social and ethical dilemmas, but at least it makes tax time less of a headache!
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