You’ve Got Mail

Communication has always been important to people. Back in the olden days you sent a letter and firstly hoped that it would actually reach the recipient, it usually took a matter of months to get there, if at all. Then society advanced a little more with things like the invention of the steam train and it was weeks instead of months, then days and now most of our communication is instant. How has communication changed since technology catapulted us forward?

internet grandma

Humans have communication skills unlike any other in the animal kingdom. There are three main reasons why a human will reach out to another human to communicate. They are: to maintain a relationship; to share or receive information; or to persuade another.  More often than not we probably are doing all three of these simultaneously and automatically when we communicate with others.

The development of the internet and devices like smart phones and tablet computers has not only changed the mediums in which we communicate, for instance text messages, emails, social media, memes and even BLOGS!; but it also changed how we receive this communication. Modern communication is instant; instant messaging, trending tweeting, video posting and now live posting is gaining momentum fast. Companies like Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat are leading the charge and making billions in the process.

Just about everyone (that I know anyway) has a smart device in their pocket, right at their fingertips. Or more likely, its out of their pocket and they’re staring at it. The avalanche of content ever sliding towards us is phenomenal. We as humans may not quite be ready for this, most of us would probably agree cracks are already appearing.

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  1. L.R.@TheRink says:

    Yep! This is the era of smart phone communication… And we always were and still are social animals in the concrete jungle or perhaps now, the electronic jungle!


  2. Very interesting to read. I enjoyed it wondering how many inventions made our life easy yet sometimes scary. The title, on the other hand, got my attention. I like this movie “You’ve got mail” a lot – one of the best.

  3. Although I used electronics, I still cherish sending and receiving snail mail. 🦋

  4. Like natural evolution, it is a part of technical evolution. The technical far surpassing the human. I don’t know if we an handle it. Is it good or bad? I guess we have to wait and see, I think our dependence on it has us in a vulnerable position should something happen to the grid if it collapsed.

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