How has technology changed communication?
Throughout the years, technological advances have walked hand-in-hand with evolving ways of communicating. The most recent technological developments, such as the internet, have resulted in the advancement of the science of communication to a new level.
Back in the day:
The first invention of a human communication aid was a ‘pictograph’. This consisted of writing being engraved into a stone. The invention of paper and wax resulted in the creation of the ‘printing press’ in the 15th century. This enabled the transfer of communications from one place to another, allowing the uniformity of languages over long distances.
In the late 1800s, the first telephone was introduced, allowing people to communicate and hear each other’s voices for the first time. However, dissimilar to today, these telephones were normally restricted to use in the home. Postal letters were still very popular around this time. This would require handwriting the letter, or the use of a typewriter, and a visit to the post office. The letter would be received within a few days, depending on the destination.
Up to the present day:
The latest revolution is the widespread application of electronic technology such as electronic waves and signals to communication, manifesting in the production and transfer of documents all over the World Wide Web. The speed of the internet is faster than ever, meaning that not only messages, but documents, pictures and videos can be shared within seconds. This is extremely beneficial for businesses. It enables them to expand their client/customer base, taking advantage of the World Wide Web through globalisation if it suits the company.
Both computers and the internet have also made the process of creating and editing documents a lot easier. Documents can be shared instantly; reducing both time and costs. The huge amount of knowledge available on the internet has dramatically improved the quality of communication. It is possible to translate text from an unfamiliar language, research unfamiliar concepts, and check the meaning of an unfamiliar word.
The invention of the mobile phone has also had a huge impact. They allow people to communicate from anywhere in the world at any time. The possibility of high quality communication from anywhere in the world to anywhere else at low costs has led to a marked decline in face-to-face communication.
The introduction of interactive communication methods, such as instant messengers and videoconferencing, have increased the amount of communications, but decreased their length. Meaning we are having shorter, snappier conversations, more often. People now communicate whatever comes up instantly, and tend to break up different topics into different communications.
The here and now:
Finally, the internet has also made communications of new opportunities such as employment, dating, purchasing, selling and outsourcing a lot more readily available and effective.
Our virtual transcription service is a classic example of how communication has evolved. We liaise with our clients electronically. They transfer their recordings electronically. They receive their documents electronically. Overall, over the years, communication has become a LOT easier, however a lot more interactive, ruling out the need for face-to-face communication so much.
Why not communicate electronically and reap the benefits of outsourcing your transcription projects today.