In today’s society it is seen as “old fashioned” or “behind the times” if someone we know does not own a mobile device. Mobile devices such as phones and tablets have become an integral part of the way we live and communicate with each other on a daily basis. Even my dad who struggles with technological advancements has an iPhone!
Mobile phones have been present in our lives since 1973, but it wasn’t until the 1990’s when the second generation of mobile phones emerged that their popularity spread across the globe.
I remember when I was a child, we actually had to (gasp!) call people on a landline in order to speak with them. You had to pray that the person you were calling was actually AT home, because text messaging and voicemail didn’t yet exist!
Mobile phones are now used by people of all ages, including children, to send text messages, check email, browse the internet, and play games. Phones are not that often used to, you know, speak… that primal form of communication seems so passé these days.
Have mobile phones assisted in the extinction of speech communication?
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