What’s Hot in Technology

By Megan Valente

Technology trends seem to be changing faster than the winds and with little to no warning… “What are kids using nowadays?” is something even I ask, despite being a 20 year old college student. Because keeping up with all of these trends can be exceptionally difficult, here is a list of “what’s hot.”

Picture blogging is the new thing. Instagram has topped all media platforms in popularity, especially among younger teens. It’s a tool to show off your friends and family and over-the-top vacations, all with an aesthetically pleasing design. Lots of businesses now also use Instagram to promote their brands and products – Instagram also being an exceedingly popular place for brand representatives and influencers to post and make money.

Many young people feel invincible when they think the evidence of whatever shenanigans they got up to last night is only temporary. Snapchat has created a fun and unique platform that allows people to connect through pictures and videos that expire within 24 hours and is at the height of its popularity.

Venmo is the big thing right now for money transfers. It’s a lot like PayPal, but more popular among high school and college students. You can send money or request money from people instantly and have it either remain on your Venmo account to purchase other things or have it transfer straight to your bank. Easy peasy – and safe.

Spotify is everything. Streaming is now America’s most popular ways to consume music and Spotify has learned to be ‘all about that streaming life.’ Users can download the free version right to their phones or you can buy the premium version of Spotify for $9.99/month ($4.99/month for students) and gain unlimited access to their entire music library. You can build channels of your own and share them with their family and friends. Dance party anyone?

Blogs have made a comeback people! No longer the days where having a blog is a teen angsty and trivial thing to do. Many different genres of blogs exist and have bred subcultures of communities. You can find a blog that fits pretty much any of your tastes; they’re free and incredibly easy to find. Go blogs, go!

Videos are the new black. Everyone and their mother watches videos because they are such an easy way to consume media. This means growth in popularity of YouTube channels and everyone has the potential to learn pretty much any type of skill they can imagine or consume hours of entertainment.

Uber is one of the best (and my personal favorite) car services. You can call a ride from virtually anywhere using your phone and the driver will pick you up and drop you off at the location you request. There is no cash involved and, after a night out drinking, it’s a safe alternative to hailing a random cab or walking home. Uber is huge in the college and post-graduate community.

Let’s see if I can get this to 140 characters. Twitter will never die; there are too many memes and funny things to #RT. Long live Twitter! (139)

Now you know what all of the cool kids are doing and I can take a well-deserved nap. Maybe when I wake up there will be hoverboards and cloning – at this rate, who knows?

Megan Valente is a lifestyle blogger and barista and is currently attending Montclair State University. Follow her on Twitter at @TheDayILived.


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