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For millions of people around the world, digital devices are an integral part of modern day life. Mobile phones, laptops and other smart tech play an important role in so many different aspects of our lives, both at home and in the workplace. Modern innovations mean that these devices can be used in a variety of ways, to help information to be shared more effectively.
One way that technology achieves this is through audio. For many people, audio is the primary way they consume information, from audiobooks, to podcasts, to screen-reading technology. But why has audio become so important in our busy modern world, and what makes it a great option?
Here, we explore three different ways in which audio could benefit different people, particularly when it comes to sharing information.
Reduce screen time
Particularly with the global shift to remote working over the pandemic years, employees will have seen their screen time increase drastically, with face-to-face conversations turning into virtual meetings.
But too much screen time can have many negative effects on both your physical and mental health. Not only does it put an additional strain on your body and eyes in particular, but excessive screen time can contribute to burnout in the workplace. Limiting the time spent reading information off of a screen will help to keep you engaged at work, and could also improve your work-life balance. Next time you have to read through a long document, why not get your computer to read it to you instead?
Varies learning methods
Everyone processes information differently, and individuals will benefit from different methods of communication to help keep things fresh. Constantly having to read from a webpage or book can make it more difficult to absorb new information, which is why audio software can be a priceless tool in helping people to progress, be it in a personal endeavour or their professional lives.
Audio options also give users the opportunity to multitask, and consume information whilst doing other things – further helping to promote a healthy work-life balance. For instance, instead of reading about something, you may be able to play the audio whilst going for a walk, or doing the housework. This convenient way of consuming information could save you time and ultimately help you to be more productive in both your personal and professional lives.
Can make information more accessible
In the modern world of work, it’s imperative for companies to be seen as doing all they can to become completely inclusive. This includes making reasonable adjustments to accommodate disabled employees, giving them the chance to fulfil the role to the best of their abilities.
Simple changes like installing audio software can help many people with disabilities, particularly for anyone who is visually impaired. In this case, screen readers can dictate the words on the screen, which could potentially give someone access to information they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to interpret.
Similarly, for employees with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, large blocks of text can be difficult to read. Installing screen-reading software could help these individuals to feel more comfortable at work, and ultimately perform to their full potential.
About the Author
James Ritter is a freelance writer who holds a particular interest in employee welfare and has created content for established companies based all around the world. He earned a degree in creative writing and is always eager to expand his knowledge around different subjects.
About Impetus Digital
Impetus Digital helps life science organizations virtualize their in-person meetings and events through our best-in-class InSite Touchpoints™ and InSite Events™ offerings, delivered with white-glove service and 360° coverage and care. Leveraging our large portfolio of cutting-edge online collaboration tools, clients can seamlessly gather insights from, and collaborate with, internal and external stakeholders. To find out more about Impetus Digital, visit our website, follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter, or book a demo at meetwithimpetus.com