Whoever you want to credit for the invention of the telephone, whether it be Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, or one of those few Italians who some say created the telephone, you have to admit, they did a great job. The telephone has greatly enhanced the way people communicate and changed the way we communicated significantly. There was once a time where people had to be face to face to talk to each other. The telephone changed that. Before that, there was letters and telegraphs that were sent back and forth for correspondence. And before 40 or 50 years ago, people were limited with their mobility and talking on the phone at the same time. In comes the mobile phone, cellular phone or cell phone if you will. Now people can talk and walk, talk and drive, talk and do whatever they want without just staying in one place.
But now that we have the mobile phone, and all the technology that comes along with it, do you think we’d find ourselves going back in time, to a time where we hardly talk to anyone any more? Cellular technology along with compatible inventions and upgrades with the Internet, mobile devices, PDA’s or what have you, have given people a personal freedom in America that is hard to ignore. Its hard pressed to find a person in your social group that doesn’t have a cell phone. But think of the days when it was really catching on. Professionals used them, teenagers had wanted them, they eventually became involved in everyday use. There’s now a good portion of the population whose mobile phone have replaced their terrestrial “land-line” phone. But just as those hard-wired bulky phones on your coffee table at home has begun to disappear, so is talking on the phone for anyone.
Mobile phones have given us the ability to send messages to one another. Just like a telegraph, letter or more recently an email does. But because everyone has a mobile phone, these messages go instantly to the receiver. Just as instant as it would be to simply place a call and talk to someone. But it would seem to many people, talking is becoming overrated. They say talk is cheap, but with mobile carriers offering better and better text messaging plans, texting could be even cheaper. If you have a mobile phone and you don’t feel like talking, or don’t have anything substantial to say, send a text message. Lets face it, it relieves us the responsibility of actually being sociable without having to create meaningless conversation when you run out of things to say. With some carriers, the receiver doesn’t even have to have a mobile phone to receive a text message. Computer generated voices read text messages and make automated phone messages to a landline.
Think about it as far as yourself. Of course there are those people who like to talk, who just can go on and on with anyone, but they also find themselves subscribing to the unwritten rule of text messaging. If you don’t anything substantial to say, or don’t want to get involved in a conversation with no bounds, then send a text message. Is it embarrassing to say, you could go through a relationship without physically talking to someone. And then we have tweeting and FB updating that’s essentially sending a text to everyone you know without missing anyone. These days we can tweet and update through text messages anyway. It’s the new way of talking to people and communicating. I sometimes get surprised when I do receive a phone call.
Not for nothin’, but text messaging can be good and bad. It would seem that its a detriment to the human ability to communicate, but at the same time it also enhances communication. It’s sad to see that people are becoming comfortable with sending messages back and forth as opposed to actually talking to someone. But really, with the 150 years of communication we’ve had with the progress of the telephone, shouldn’t it be the silences that we find comfort with?