With the rapid invention and adoption of new technology, especially in recent years, the medium of communication has changed dramatically. We can now communicate across long distances to large groups of people almost instantaneously through conference calls, webcam meetings etc.; but it wasn’t always this way. The way in which we communicate has changed countless times throughout history, the first postal service was established nearly 3000 years ago (Pearson, 2016); and people since have learned to adapt to new technologies as they are released. In 1876 Alexander Graham Bell patented the electric telephone, and communication changed (Hochfelder, 2016). In late 1990, Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote the three fundamental codes that remain the foundation of today’s web and the World Wide Web was born (Peter, 2004).
In the present, internet modalities have largely replaced paper and other primitive wire-based communication (Kelly, 2015). Then, in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s, the world was introduced to the smartphone (McCarty, 2012). Once again, the way in which humanity communicated evolved; and the era of digital communication swept over the globe.
Although recent technology has opened up an entire new platform to communicate on, it is still largely debated as to whether the smartphone has actually helped humans to communicate better (Westenberg, 2016). Whilst it has helped us in certain areas, such as long distance calling, texting, photographs etc. It is widely speculated that smartphones can cause problems with the ability to form a relationship when face to face with another person (Westenberg, 2016). Amanda Kick (2015) theorizes that generations Z’s reliance on technology may cause future complications in the workplace due to bad interpersonal communication skills. All in all technology has made it easier, faster and more fun to communicate with each other, and there is no indication of innovation slowing down any time soon
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