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If I were to describe 2020 in one word, it would be “adaptable.” We have all had to adapt to a new normal: pandemic-inspired lockdowns, work and school from home, expansions of technological infrastructure to support remote business, etc. Videoconferencing has become the most popular way of connecting with people who are miles apart.

Even billion-dollar corporations like McDonalds, with over 14,000 locations in the United States, have had to adapt. Rather than their customers coming into physical locations, many can now order online. A person can order a Big Mac, pay for the food and have it delivered to their front door, all without leaving the couch.

Almost everything one could ever want is at the touch of a button. But there is a price for this convenience. As is the case with all big changes, the increase of technology comes with increased responsibility. 

As we move into 2021, here are five things we will need to do to responsibly manage increased convenience and an increased reliance on technology.