Unless you’re 10 years old or younger, you’ve witnessed a monumental change in the way we communicate with others. Between video calls, social media, tablets and smartphones, our methods of communication have undergone a cataclysmic change in recent years. Major advancements in communication used to happen rarely, but now we’ve experienced many of them within the past decade.
As tech advances at warp speed before our eyes, we can quickly take for granted our ability to communicate instantly, for free, with nearly anyone around the world. No longer are we running up huge phone bills to talk to loved ones 100 miles away. Now we can have video chats with a dozen people across the globe at once without spending a penny.
But it wasn’t so long ago that we were paying for postage stamps to send letters that took days to reach their destination. Fairly recently we marveled at fax machines that could spit out a printed page in about a minute.
This interactive graphic takes us on an amazing journey to show us the evolution of communication, reminding us not only how far we’ve come, but also the exponential pace of the advancements in technology we are now experiencing:
I encourage you to visit the full version on the Comms Express website to enjoy the complete interactive experience. Be advised though that the sound at the website is on auto-play. If you’re in a place where noise might be embarrassing, such as an office, classroom or operating room, be sure to use headphones or mute your speakers.
Did you enjoy taking this trip down Tech Memory Lane? Do you remember the days when we used fax machines and typewriters? When was the last time you used a postage stamp to mail a letter? What changes in communication do you think have been the most significant in your lifetime? Let us know in the Comments section below!
A Tribute to My Brother
My brother, Rob Nicander, passed away unexpectedly last week leaving behind many friends and family members who loved him dearly. Rob sparked my interest in tech and helped me learn and discover awesome tech for my everyday life.
He taught me to use the Internet back the days when you had to code to surf the Web. He was by my side when I bought my first computer, then opened it up to show me its innards so I could truly understand my new toy. He introduced me to GPS devices and DVR’s, helping me to earn my title of polygadgetist early this century.
In January of 2011 I told Rob that I wanted to start a tech blog. He was adamantly against the idea, concerned that spammers would be cruel and heartless in their critiques. He didn’t understand why I would want to subject myself to an onslaught of negative comments from strangers.
Thank you, dear Readers, for proving Rob wrong. Negative comments here are rarer than a BlackBerry phone in an Apple store. You have been supportive, respectful and generous with sharing your thoughts in The Wonder of Tech Comments section, on social media and in emails.
Rob was happy to be wrong and became a big fan of this blog, often discussing my articles and asking for my advice on tech. He would excitedly share with me gadgets, apps and deals he found so I could share them with you.
I miss him deeply.
Evolution of Communication interactive graphic used with permission of Comms Express.
All other images in this article are used via Flickr and Creative Commons.
Sunset image (edited) by Mohamed Ahsan
Typewriter image by Takashi Hososhima
Horse and Cart by James Morley
Slideshow image by James Vaughan
Social Media Conversation (edited) by Khalid Albaih
iPhone by Marc Flores
Google Glass (edited) by Giuseppe Costantino
Video chat by Alec Couros