There's an app for that: how apps have changed us

2017-05-23 12:00

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"There's an app for that" is more than just Apple's marketing mantra. Mobile apps have emerged over the last 10 years or so for practically every need in a person's day and changed our lives.

You get your news, a lift, find directions, order food, watch video - all via apps that make you smart phone a personal computer.

According to the app-tracking firm Flurry, the world has adopted smart phones and tablets 10 times faster than it embraced personal computers in the 1980s, twice as fast as90’s Internet boom and three times faster than joining social networks. According to a report published by Hootsuite and We Are Social, 2.549 billion people currently use apps, with 85% of people preferring native mobile apps to websites.

The rise of apps since their launch around 2008 —and our seemingly endless use of them—have changed how we interact with people and the world around us.

Here’s how our daily lives have been changed by apps:

Dating & socialising

10 years ago you needed a "little black book" to maintain your friends' contact details, and a group meet-up to do something involved a logistics exercise on the scale of a national election. Today, all your friends - including their birthdays, anniversaries, current location and even relationship status - lives in your phone and your social newsfeed brings you up to date with all of them seamlessly.

When it comes to dating, asking someone out in the real world, regardless of your own confidence is generally a nerve racking experience that could result in face to face rejection. However with the launch of services like Tinder a simple message or a swipe enables you to make a connection with a stranger and the next potential partner just a click away.

Getting around town

With the rise of apps like Google maps and Waze you can throw away your old, large map book and never need to get lost again. New to town? Find a restaurant in your area in seconds; get voice directions to the nearest shopping mall. Or be alerted to obstructions, accidents and upcoming speed traps, letting you pick an alternate route.

Services like Uber are offering an alternative for commuters to owning your own car or relying on public transport. Instead of listening to a mumbled overhead announcement of train delays, or trying to catch a taxi in the rain, you can stay comfortable as you track your driver’s ETA as they head your way. They also offer a guilt-free safer option for getting home after the party. 

Discovering the news

Not too long ago, the morning paper or nightly news segment was most people’s main source of information about what was happening in the world around them. With the start of 24-hour news cycle things began to change and then online news services started it became even easier to keep up with breaking news 24 hours a day, now with apps all that news and information is in the palm of your hand at your convenience.

Working out and staying fit

From fitness trackers, step counters, heart rate monitors, ‘personal trainers’ and motivation exercise apps have not only helped us keep better track of our training but also share and compete with friends, ultimately pushing people to get off the couch or run a bit further so they can top their friends' achievements.

Managing your money

A great example of an app that has made our lives infinitely easier is the banking app. Banking apps allow us to skip the branch queues and inconvenient opening hours and take care of the bills anywhere, any time. With a few quick taps, you can get all your banking done. Banking apps like Capitec allow you to do payments, buy electricity (for yourself or a friend), stop and/or dispute debit orders, make a payment into your credit account, stop lost or stolen cards immediately, view or email tax interest certificates, and so much more. There are no data charges for Cell C, MTN and Vodacom customers on the app and you can also order electronically stamped bank statements and pay a Capitec client via their cellphone number. Easy!

Shop, Shop, Shop

Shopping apps are abundant! From ordering food takeaway, to you family’s full monthly grocery shop, buying a toy for the kids and a birthday present to be delivered to grandma or a pair of new shoes and clothes for yourself, shopping apps allow you to buy almost anything from anywhere at any time.   

Ready, set, Travel

From booking the flight, to translating our request for directions to the locals, and even audio guides, apps are have uniquely changed the way we travel. Ten years ago the thought of going to a new city or country and staying at or with a complete stranger would have scared most travellers away. Today an increasing number of people are opting to rent someone's apartment—or a room within—through services like Airbnb. Apps have allowed the tourist to become the traveller and better experience the destination and interact with the local culture in a myriad of new ways.

The app world is ever-changing but has greatly affected our daily experiences. Capitec has gone even further with a banking app that is simpler and faster than any other. With the Capitec app, transactions cost less, it’s free to download, free to use (your data is not charged when using the app), the beneficiary payments are half than the branch cost, therefore simply by using the app you are saving money as well as saving time with its’ simplicity.

Find out more about how you can save time and money using the Capitec app:

Read more: The best apps for keeping you up to date with trends and celebrities


Read more on:    capitec  |  banking  |  technology  |  mobile  |  apps

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