Five Tech Trends That Became Popular During the Pandemic but Are Now Essential

Five Tech Trends That Became Popular During the Pandemic but Are Now Essential

Society / Technology

Technologies played a key role in keeping society and businesses functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Without ways to stay connected and keep collaborating during lockdowns and quarantines, the long-term effects of the pandemic on people and companies could have been much more serious.

Despite the fact that things are getting back to normal across the globe, many of the tech trends that became popular during the pandemic are now essential, especially when it comes to the way we interact and do business.

Here are some of the biggest pandemic tech trends that are here to stay in the post-pandemic world:

1. Video Meetings

Video meetings were around long before the pandemic, but video conferencing platforms, like Spike video meetings, really rose to prominence while so many of us were working from home.

Even though some people are going back to meeting face to face, meeting via video call is a tech trend that definitely looks like it’s going to stick around long after the pandemic is but a distant memory. 

This is because so many companies are now using fully remote or hybrid (some remote, some in-person work) business models.

Video meetings are one of the best ways for remote and hybrid teams to stay connected, collaborate, and team build, especially now that remotely distributed workers may never even get the chance to meet other people they work with in person.

Besides helping teams connect and collaborate, video meetings — and remote work as a whole — provide a whole range of other benefits for employees and employers. These include the ability to work with people all over the world, no commute times, and a better work-life balance.

Even HR departments are starting to move most of their meetings online, holding virtual meetings with potential candidates for jobs and streamlining the hiring process. 

Video meetings save time across the board and improve everyone’s workflows, allowing you to get more done in less time. As such, we can certainly expect face-to-face meetings to continue being replaced by virtual meetings over the next few years.

2. Contactless Payments

Because of sanitary concerns during the COVID-19 outbreak, many governments and companies accelerated their embrace of contactless and digital payment methods.

Contactless payments have traditionally been made using physical payment cards. However, since the pandemic we’ve also seen a rise in contactless payments made using e-wallets and digital cards. 

There are still limitations to the usability of contactless payment methods, mostly related to bank and internet access, so many developing countries are going to be slower to adopt this trend. 

However, we are likely to continue seeing cash payments becoming a thing of the past in many countries around the world where the majority of people have strong access to banks and the internet.

3. Online learning

Like businesses, most educational institutions had to shut down for some time during the pandemic, and this meant that they moved classes online.

Online learning was available prior to the pandemic, but often seen as inferior to in-person education. This is a viewpoint that appears to have shifted, as many higher education organizations are continuing to offer expanded options when it comes to virtual learning.

Although brick-and-mortar colleges and universities are still sure to have classrooms full of students learning face to face, many of these institutions have added online degree programs, making them more accessible to students with financial or geographical limitations.

4. Telehealth

Telehealth is the administering of certain health care services to patients via phone, chat, or video conferencing, and it’s another tech trend that grew dramatically during the pandemic.

Using telehealth practices, doctors and other medical professionals can give patients preliminary diagnoses and medical advice based on information they provide them virtually.

This not only makes it easier and more convenient for both patients and health care providers, but it also greatly reduces the risk of the spread of viruses, since people can receive information from the comfort of their own homes.

Of course, there will always be types of medical care that must be administered in person, but the advent of telehealth comes along with many benefits and we are certain to see this trend continue to increase long after the pandemic.

5. Online Shopping

Like the other pandemic technology trends on this list, online shopping was around way before COVID-19 hit. But the pandemic propelled ecommerce to new heights, as brick-and-mortar retail stores were forced to shut their doors — many of them for good.

Now that the pandemic is all but over, plenty of businesses that focused everything on their online sales are likely to continue doing so going forward. 

This is partly due to the fact that online shopping is so popular now, and partly because some business owners may be hesitant to reopen their physical stores and risk another global pandemic shutting them down again in the future.

With other online shopping-related trends, such as robot deliveries, ecommerce is only getting easier and  more convenient for everyone, and traditional retail stores will most likely continue to decline in popularity.

Deep Learning God Yann LeCun. Facebook / Meta’s Director of Artificial Intelligence & Courant Prof.

Five Tech Trends That Became Popular During the Pandemic but Are Now Essential