How Has Communication Changed In Last 20 Years?


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Communication has changed drastically in the last 20 years. Technology has been the prime cause in the extreme changes in communication. The changes include:

  • Social networking
  • Blogging
  • Smart phones
  • Internet shopping
Social networking has become an integral part of the ever-changing face of the communication world. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter have allowed long-distance relationships to prosper, as well as maintaining all kinds of friendships. Twitter allows the user to follow their interests, for example, sexuality, fashion, music, certain celebrities and even brands. However, social networking can be dangerous if used improperly. Cyber bullying occurs worldwide and it is important to ensure you protect your privacy online at all times.

Blogging has enabled writers to share their ideas and opinions to a global audience. Bloggers such as Perez Hilton have proved it has made it easier to break into the tough media market. It is also possible to make money from blogging from the safety of your own home. This can be particularly useful for disabled people, those with part-time jobs and even agoraphobes.

Smart phones can be very handy. They can be used to check up on what your friends and family are doing, as maps, as  music players, to play games and even maintaining a healthy diet. The extensive range of apps haas made it possible to organize your life into one simple handheld device. However, it is important to take breaks away from using technology because looking at a screen for long periods of time can strain your eyesight.

Internet shopping is an online phenomenon. It is possible to order a weekly, or even monthly, shop using your smart phone, laptop or computer. This is helpful for people  who can't leave the house for whatever reason or for people who simply don't have time to physically go to the shops. It is even possible to send greetings cards using certain websites. Almost anything  can be purchased online, although it has made it easier for scammers to sell their goods. It is always advisable to check the authenticity of a website because your card details could be stolen!

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