Evolution of Communication is our latest ebook that explores the development of human communication methods from prehistoric times until today. This is the final blog of a three-part series that highlights the in-depth information available in that publication.
If you were born in the 80s, you were growing up as some of the following inventions were being introduced to the market. However, just fifty years ago, there was no internet, no cell phone, and no e-mail for you to use. Living without these communications methods may seem like the living in prehistoric times or the 1800s, as we discussed in our previous posts, Evolution-of-communication-prehistory-to-the-15th-century and Evolution-of-communication-1800s-and-1900s, but those who were born before these tools became commonplace can tell you what it was like without them. For now, we can just be happy that they are available for us to use!
1960 – Today
Few people realize the first computers were developed in the early 1900s, but computer networking didn’t become publicly available until 1969. Computer networking is the biggest innovation in the world of communication that humans have yet to experience. Not only do computers help people to communicate in a variety of new ways, they also communicate with each other.
With home computers came the innovation of email. More convenient than a phone, email allowed people to contact individuals or groups anytime of the day or night without concern for time zones or long-distance calling fees. By the early 1990s, email was a must in the workplace. Today, it is still a much-used business tool.
Internet access became more common and more affordable as the 21st century neared. Many households began to view electronic communication methods like email and instant messaging as crucial to their everyday lives.
Social media may have had humble roots, but today many important political and social movements gain worldwide attention because of social media. Of course, it’s still a great way to communicate with friends and share information about your awesome family trip to the Grand Canyon!
The early inventors of the telephone would hardly recognize today’s Smart Phones. They’re more than phones; they’re mobile handheld computers that let users communicate with the World Wide Web just as easily as calling home. The mobile applications available on Smartphones make it possible to make travel plans, play games, build a business, or read an electronic book from almost anywhere in the world.
Where will technology take the field of communication next? Who knows? The wireless revolution has opened up more possibilities than even the most innovative thinkers of a decade or two ago could have predicted.
Hopefully you can now understand where our communication methods started and how far we’ve come! If nothing else, you have a whole new array of tools to use to communicate with (smoke signals, anyone?). As we move into the future, our communications past tells us one thing for certain: As we continue to move forward as a species, new technologies will be there to support and inspire our evolution.