There is no question that access to technology is a major mark of the millennial generation. And, being on the young end of the millennial spectrum, it’s especially hard for us to remember a time without things like the internet. So it makes a lot of sense that we’re so comfortable integrating tech into our adult lives. In fact, we do most of our “adulting” with technology.
It’s not that we need different things than the generations before us. We still want happy relationships, good jobs, financial stability and much more… it’s just that the way we do or achieve these things is different… often because of tech! Keep reading to see all the ways we (millennials) use technology to help us “adult”.
Note/Disclaimer: Due to the polarizing nature of the word ‘millennial’, and the dangers of generalization, we want to be clear that we’re speaking only about our own experience. These techie ‘adulting’ choices don’t apply to all millennials, and some of them do apply to people in other generations!
Money matters are a huge part of being an adult, and having financial stability is especially important for feeling content. Thankfully, we have a lot of digital options to help us with day-to-day financials:
- Day-to-Day Transactions: We use our credit and debit cards sometimes, but for the most part, we use Apple Pay to pay for purchases directly from our iPhones/Apple Watch.
- Banking: So much of our banking is done through mobile bank apps. We use bank apps to check our account balances, deposit cheques with our iPhones, and transfer money to other people. It’s not very often that we go into a branch unless we have big questions or decisions to make.
- Taxes: Now that we have to do our own taxes, it’s awesome that there are so many simple, online tax programs. They save a lot of time, and make it so easy for us. Because of digital tax programs, we dread tax season a little less!
- Budgeting: There are tons of apps and online education for help with budgeting. In our case, our mobile bank app knows our spending habits, shows us how much we’ve spent on different things each month, and alerts us if our spending is higher than normal in one area.
It’s hard for us to fathom that people used to apply for jobs in the newspaper! It’s also nearly impossible to imagine that offices ran smoothly without email for decades. Technology has absolutely shaped the career world that we’re living in… both for better and for worse:
- Job Hunting: A big part of job hunting is now done online. We use LinkedIn to connect with our network and publicly show off our work experience. We check Glassdoor for company reviews and salary expectations before interviewing. When we job hunt, it’s both amazing and overwhelming to see all the possible jobs that we could apply for. The downside… LinkedIn also shows how many people have applied for a certain job posting. Pretty intimidating for us while trying to establish ourselves in the job market.
- Office Communication: Email and programs like Skype for Business or Slack make it really convenient to communicate with coworkers and clients. We can’t working without online communication at work. But, we also find it hard to disconnect from work or even to stop working when work is so available directly on our iPhones!
- Skill Building: There are SO many ways to build new professional skills with technology. If we want to learn something new for our jobs, or feel like we have a knowledge gap, we have a lot of access to online courses or skill building like Datacamp or Google Analytics courses. Never stop learning!
- Side Hustle: If we want to make a little extra money, but not work a second job at another company, there are a lot of online platforms that we can invest time in… and eventually make money off of (maybe). Youtube, blogging, and social media can all be profitable, which means we have more flexible opportunities to make money online!
We use tech for our daily commute, any big travel or even trip planning:
- Commuting: We take public transit to work everyday… which isn’t really fun for anyone. But, when there’s a delay, we can check Toronto Transit’s Twitter account to find out why. When we’re heading to the subway, we can check Transit App to see how long until the next train before we even get to the station. And if we’re in a rush to get to work, we can just call an Uber for a (hopefully) more efficient commute.
- Air Travel: One of the best things about technology is that it is so easy to book air travel… it’s especially easy to find deals on flights with apps like Hopper, which show flight price to your dream locations for the year. Plus, we can check into flights from home, and save a lot of time at the airport.
Technology has definitely changed relationships – from how we interact with friends and family, to how we meet our life (or just-for-now) partners:
- Dating: We’re on the younger end of the millennial generation, so we don’t have too much experience with online dating websites… but we’re quite familiar with dating apps like Tinder and Bumble. Dating apps have become super popular over the last decade or less, and we know lots of people who have met (or are in the process of finding) their partner on an app. Some people still feel like there is a stigma around finding a significant other on an app, but in our opinion, it’s just a modern, additional method to meet cool people!
General Life Things
Things like doing errands and exercising are an important and inevitable part of adulting. Thankfully, technology helps us with these more mundane “life things” so we can save money, time and even confusion :
- Groceries: Online grocery ordering is our new obsession. Every week, we order our groceries on an app, and then spend 10 minutes or less in the grocery store picking them up.
- Exercise: We use a lot of technology for exercising – it helps us stay motivated and even save money. Our iPhones and the Apple Watch track our daily workouts and motivate us to hit our step goals. We book exercise classes and intramural sports online. And, we do yoga classes with a teacher on Youtube.
- Garbage Day: We don’t really have “garbage day” because we live in an apartment building. But, Toronto has an app (TOwaste App) that we can use to find out if something should be recycled, where we can donate clothes, and other info to do with waste management. It’s a pretty useful app!
Long Story Short
We can’t really imagine a world without modern technology because, well… the two of us haven’t actually lived in that world. And while tech definitely has some cons, it also has a lot of pros… especially when it comes to adulting!
How do you use technology to help with all those mundane “adulting” tasks? Let us know in the comments below!