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Society's Affect on Telephone Advancement

Updated on July 18, 2015

21st Century

We are in the 21st century, where we all heavily rely on technology to solve everyday problems. Over the years, phones have significantly evolved to what we now know as smart phones. Today, communications with a loved one that lives hundreds of miles away is only a click away. When we are uncertain about a new term, or subject, information is easily accessible online. When lost, the GPS helps us find our way around. And when looking for a leisure activity, Candy Crush always seems to have our back. We have become so dependent on smartphones, and all the apps that they have to offer, that we are unaware that the road today wasn't always so smooth. So let's review its history!

Precursor-Telecommunication

Humans tendency to communicate through different ways is the precursor that started everything. Telecommunication and the internet has continually evolved and changed forms. Smoke signals and books can be considered the precursor to long distance communications. In ancient China smoke signals were used to warn the country of uninvited guests. In ancient Greece the legend of Philippides, is another example of long distance communication. He was a trained long distance runner that covered 150 miles in two days, to carry urgent messages between kingdoms. This shows that even thousands of years ago, telecommunication was of vita. importance. As a result, long distance communications began to develop and advance. It wasn't until the industrial revolution that technology hit a climax. The telegraph was the telephones predecessor. The telegraph used a system of ticks and dashes to send messages. Slowly the telegraph lost ground, and other new inventions emerged, eventually leading to the first phone!

The First Telegraph

Appearance of the Phone

On March 10, 1976, Alexander Graham Bell launched the telephone ear with the first bi-directional electronic transmission of the spoke word. Slo


Mr. Watson--come here-- I want to see you.

— Alexander Graham Bell

Slowly other new inventions emerged, such as the Candlestick, rotary, and Push button. By the end of the 20th century, telephones became necessary to have in every household. Then the invention of the cordless phone was sparked by the idea of telephones being carried around instead of connected to a wall. Memorable examples are portable phones equivalent to a TV remote Motorola DynaTAC (large phones carried around), and Nokia 5110. This in turn promoted the invention of the cellphone. such as the blackberry and Motorola RAZR. But even cell phones are now fading. What dominates society now are Iphones and Androids, pushing telephone away the same way telephones took over the telegraph. Now it is unusual for there to be on telephones in households. Nowadays every member of the family has his or her own phone.

Rotary, Push Button, Candlestickk

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Telecommunication Advantages

  • Distance Learning

Now people can take college courses from the comfort of home. Pursuing higher education has never been easier. Mothers, veterans, and elderly people who are unable to commute and participate in online programs that award degrees in various.

  • Telemedicine

Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies in order to provide clinical health care at distance. This is convenient for doctors, who can now handle a greater workload without having to leave work. They are able to contact patients and schedule appointment.

  • Internet Technology

The internet has become an influential tool for business. Now, owners of online stores have the ability to serve customers all around the world. It is truly amazing what we are capable of doing in the 21st century.

Here's a Video that Sums Up the Phones Evolution

The Future

Unknown Shifts

We all have the ability to become successful thanks to the tools technology offers. Making good use of those tools is what keeps advancing society and new technological ideas. Who knows what will come next. The last ten years brought a great shift between cellphones and Iphones and Androids. The next ten years can bring an even greater shift in the telecommunication industry. Millions of inventors are inventing new things every day. The technology available to the public is helping advancements to occur rapidly. Whatever new shift humanity causes, I know that we are all ready to handle it.

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