From the Real to the Digital: Things We Used to Do in Real life That Now Thrive Online

From the Real to the Digital: Things We Used to Do in Real life That Now Thrive Online

The world of mobile technology is a wonderful place. Thanks to the likes of Apple, Samsung and Google, the last decade has seen handheld devices evolve from semi-intelligent beings which are capable of a few simple actions to smartphones that can inform and entertain us in equal measure.

In fact, thanks to advances in online and mobile technology, the number of things the modern man now does in real life is shrinking. While that's not to say that certain things aren't better in real life, the growing number of virtual activities we can now carry out is changing the way we live our lives.

With this in mind, we've compiled a list of things we used to do in real life that we now do (more impressively) online.

From Live Games to Online Games

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Just as we now consume our visual and acoustic entertainment online, the way we play games has changed. From classic board games to something more suitable for adults such as roulette, the bulk of our gaming activities now take place via our phones and laptops.

The online casino industry is now worth $45.8 billion each year and online providers all offer an array of games designed to suit players of all persuasions. For example, if you're looking for bingo then bgo has games costing as little £0.10 which means you can ante-up regardless of your skill level of budget.

What's more, because online betting platforms are now multifaceted entities,  not only provides some bingo with Paris (Hilton) but also has free spins on the Starburst slot game, rounds of roulette or the chance to try to beat the dealer at blackjack.

In fact, it's the same story at bgo's iGaming peers. At Mr Green Casino you can play Iron Man slots costing $0.10 or Premium Roulette Pro at BetVictor. Essentially, the advent of modern technology has made it possible for you to stay at home and enjoy an array of games instead of having to glam-up and head out to a casino.

Our top tip: For real money gaming, you can check bgo or you can test out some of the free play options available on Facebook.

From TVs to Laptops and Beyond

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It would be too bullish of us to say that the TV is dead, but there's increasing evidence that it is not the entertainment portal of choice that it used to be. According to Adobe's research, 2014 saw TV viewing over the  internet increase by 388% thanks to 1.53 billion  video logins to various subscription-based streaming sites. These sorts of figures have prompted industry insiders to predict that in the next few years the bulk of our entertainment will be consumed via laptops and mobiles.

Thanks to YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Spotify, we can now wile away the hours by watching and listening to our favourite shows and songs without having to go offline. In fact, the reduction in screen size and picture quality is barely an issue anymore because the top online services give us access to more content in a more efficient manner.

Our top tip: sign-up to Netflix and Spotify and get the mobile apps if you haven't already done so.

From Talking to Texting

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The final way in which we've turned from real world dwellers to virtual reality roamers is the way we communicate. Any modern man with even the slightest grasp on modern technology will already be talking to friends and family via apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat.

However, that's not where the fun stops. Recent innovations like Periscope have taken virtual communication to a new level. What's more, virtual reality looks set to take things even further. Mark Zuckerberg recently previewed a virtual reality device that allows users to enter a virtual world with someone and interact as if you were there with them.

For the purposes of his demonstration, Zuckerberg played table tennis with the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, who was on the other side of the world. However, future iterations of the technology could see us dancing in a nightclub, eating dinner or watching a movie with someone in a totally different location.

Our top tip: Wait for a few months and then go out and buy a VR headset like Oculus Rift because they'll soon become a natural part of our lives.

The world around us is changing, even though you can't see it. Reality is gradually making way for virtual reality and the modern thing to do is to embrace the tech revolution. Whether it's playing games, watching a movie or chatting to someone in a fantasy world, technology is taking us away from things in real life and pushing us to do them online.


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