Smart appliances, comfortable life | The Daily Star
Bangladesh’s economy is growing rapidly. The World Bank forecasts that our GDP will grow 3.6% in fiscal year 2020-21, while the Asian Development Bank forecasts growth of 5.5-6%. During such a boom, people in both urban and rural areas experience higher levels of disposable income. With Digital Bangladesh’s vision still strong, it’s no surprise that a large portion of the population is spending their extra income on new technologies that can help make their daily lives easier.
The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed us further towards digitalization, even at the consumer level. According to a study conducted by the Indian High Commission on the “Bangladesh Electronics Sector”, it is estimated that the consumer electronics market will grow by 3.61% by this year. Growth is expected to reach 4.15% in 2022.
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As the country has shifted to school, university and work online, the demand for laptops and computers has increased dramatically. While some have switched to budget laptops to adapt to the changing world, other consumers have upgraded their laptops and PC setup to ensure efficient learning and working environments in the world. their home. Ahsan, 35, bought not only an improved laptop, but also new accessories, such as a more ergonomic mouse, a better quality webcam and comfortable headphones to ensure an optimal working experience from home.
Ahsan’s cousin Payel, a fourth-year college student, saved up to buy a tablet to take digital notes during her online classes. The tablet is also a support for reading electronic manuals. Aside from academic needs, she uses the tablet for digital art, which has become both a hobby and a professional activity for many people in the country.
Maintaining social distance during the pandemic has led some households to forgo household help and distribute household chores among family members. Many have switched to better technology to ease this transition. For example, Ahsan’s household plans to buy a washing machine next month to avoid spending a lot of time washing hands and manually drying clothes. Another frequent purchase has been vacuum cleaners and smart mops, because keeping floors clean is always a gigantic task.
While COVID-19 security measures have limited the forms of entertainment available to us, many have found new ways to spend quality leisure time. More and more people in Bangladesh are using streaming services like YouTube and Netflix since internet access and internet usage volume both increased. Many have bought smart TVs to access these services more efficiently. With more downtime, younger consumers are also buying video game consoles to have a digital channel to spend time with friends through multiplayer formats.
Many people have embraced new hobbies during the pandemic. The cuisine is the one that stands out at the global level. Although restaurant food delivery services are still open, many have tried to recreate the dishes at home. Cooking high quality food at home has become much easier due to the easy access to kitchen appliances such as blenders, microwaves, blenders, toasters, etc. Their houses. Thankfully, the time to clean up after making a mess of pots, plates and cutlery has been cut short, with more households purchasing portable dishwashers.
While the digital divide between the urban and rural population still exists, people in rural areas are also slowly shifting to the use of more devices and devices. During Eid, people usually spend their bonuses on things like refrigerators and televisions. With schools closed in rural areas, many households have purchased affordable smartphones for their children to continue their education. As more villages and rural areas gain access to the Internet, we will see a greater increase in the use of electronic devices.
Despite the challenges our people face as they try to adapt to the changes brought on by the pandemic, it is clear that the push towards digitalization has done more good than harm. The increase in digital literacy will help the country and its people acquire the skills necessary to compete with the rest of the world. Adopting more advanced devices within households will also help us reach new heights in our standard of living.