Post by: Beano150
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Brief History & Communication
Years ago, we didn't have the internet. Did you know the first web page went live on August 6, 1991 (Bonus fun fact! That's the day after my Birthday)? It was made by Tim Berners-Lee. It ran on a NeXT computer at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN.
Internet relay chats (IRCs for short) were first used in 1988. They continued to be popular well into the 1990's. The first recognizable social media site, Six Degrees, was created in 1997. It enabled users to upload a profile and make friends with other users.
Way back, ages ago, people didn't have the internet. Maybe they lived in a time when the internet was yet to be invented, or just simply couldn't afford a computer. How would people communicate? Well, for those who didn't even have a smartphone (for the same reasons, not being able to afford it or they had yet to be invented) people communicated by talking. They also had that good old fashioned telephone that you had to dial... literally. Of course, as payphones (or, the proper term, "postpay" machine) were invented in 1889 and by 1902 there were over 81,000 pay telephones in the Unit States, people could use the postpay phone. That red telephone box designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) was another option.
"How did people cope? No internet, no smartphones, say whaaat?!" - You wouldn't know any different. Since those inventions hadn't even been brought to life yet, how would you miss it? You probably wouldn't have heard it. Yes, I didn't live in those times so I'm only backing up this post with my research from the internet (so don't judge me!).
How this is changing our lives
Many things we do these days are what we take for granted. Yes, some services we use have been available for a long while (even in the old days), but how we use them is the thing that has changed.
For example, we can now use post office services on that thing we call the internet. Ages ago (and I mean, like, years, several years) we used to have to go to the post office to use a post office service.
Online banking was first introduced in the early 1980s in New York, Unit States. Four major banks - Citibank, Chase Manhattan, Chemical bank and Manufacturers Hanover - offered home banking service. Years ago we would have to go to a physical bank to do any banking task.
Obviously, not just postal and banking services have changed to introduce online options. It makes me wonder, if, in future, there won't be physical buildings for some establishments. Since technically everything is moving online, people are at risk of losing jobs from lack of customers in the physical building.
Talking online - how is this different to just talking?
So, social media allows us to talk to our friends from literally anywhere. You're at home but your friend is on a trip out? Social media to the rescue if you want to have a conversation!
When you're talking on the internet or via apps using social media, you might want to know if your account isn't set on private, on most social media websites, anyone can see what you're saying. Whereas, if you're at home with your friend just talking, no one knows what you're saying, apart from the people in the conversation and anyone else in the house that are nearby, therefore able to hear you.
Unlike the real world, you can use the 'Block' or 'Ignore' buttons to block people out of your everyday life. In the real world you can ignore, yes, but that would genuinely make you look quite rude and ignorant. On these social media apps (take Twitter for this example) you can Block someone so they can't see what you're saying. Even though you do this, unless your account is private, they can still log out or use another account to see what you're saying! If the person that has Blocked you finds out, you may then become enemies (or bigger enemies... since who you Block is likely an enemy)
Talking online can have downsides. There's rules, and they're in place for a reason. Certain websites strictly disallow rude terms and bad language, and if you try using them, you can be banned. Use this language in real life? Whoever you're saying these terms to may get frustrated but, they can't ban you from talking.
Online communication, I would say, has more advantages in the methods of talking to people than actual talking. Talking is free but so is social media. Calling someone isn't free, unless you've got unlimited minutes. Then there's Skype or WhatsApp, and other such apps to the rescue. You just need an internet connection, someone (or some people) to talk to, and the relevant social media app/s of your choice.
But there's downsides: Unlike real life, you can never be sure who you are talking to online. People can impersonate, people can claim they are a 15 year old teenager when in fact they're a 50 year old adult, but you arrange to meet up and it's game over. "What about video calling, like Skype so I can see who I'm talking to?" - true, except, you may end up talking to someone that has been told by an adult to talk for them. Or you might decide not to do video call but voice chat instead, so whoever you're calling isn't really who you think it is and they change the tone of their voice. Be aware of the dangers!
Loads of things are happening with the internet and ICT. Who knows what inventions we'll have in 10 years time from now? Be sure to drop a comment below with your thoughts, thank you for reading this post.
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