According to Websterís Dictionary communication is ďa sending, giving or exchanging of information, ideas etc.Ē Thus talking about modern means of communication I would mention two things Ė mobile phones and the Internet. When I use all these things everyday I sometimes recollect people who invented them. Without the work of John Neumann, Charles Babbage, Tim Bernes-Lee, Zhores Alferov, Al Gore and many others we wonít be able to enjoy all modern means of communication.
Modern means of communication have introduced relevant changes in our life. Mobile phones give us an opportunity to stay in touch and to be reachable everywhere. Now itís difficult to imagine how people lived without mobile phones in the past.
The mobile phone is a very useful device. Thanks to it, I can access people I need: my parents, my friends and teachers. I can never miss anything important. If I need some help, I just call for help. If Iím late for some reason I may send a message to inform about it. What is more, with the help of my mobile phone I can access the Internet, listen to music and what not. A mobile phone gives us freedom. Furthermore, mobile phones offer the possibility of texting. Text messaging is the most convenient and the cheapest form of communication when we need to pass a quick note containing only a few words.
But telephones are no longer the only device used to communicate with other people. For example, using new software applications like Skype is undoubtedly one of the popular ways for communication. In this way we can surf the net and chat with our friends at the same time. Another advantage is convenience for those who cannot bother going outdoors to meet up with someone.
Others suggest that such trend of communication can make peopleís social skills degenerate. As time passes, people forget how to talk to each other naturally when it comes to the necessity of face-to-face communication.
Emails have replaced letters and postcards almost completely. People prefer emails, which are quicker to write and send and more sure to reach the addressee.
A lot of people especially teenagers communicate in social networks such as vkontacte, facebook, twitter, odnoklasniki. They share the news, pictures, funny videos, jokes, songs and so on.
Video conferences are often used by business people and scientists and they donít need to travel to remote places.
1. Is there any means of communication you canít live without? Why (not)?
I wouldnít say Ė I canít live without any means of communication. To tell you the truth we should have rest from any form of communication. But I canít imagine my everyday life without the Internet.
The Internet is a great source of information and entertainment for many people. It has made possible new forms of social interaction and has become a major source of leisure.
Thanks to it I have got an opportunity to access news, documents, images, sounds, video and games, to make friends, to book tickets and to purchase different things online. There are a lot of different sites for students, gardeners, businessmen, engineers, for people who are fond of music, cinema, theatre, sports and even for disabled people. What is more, the Internet has revolutionized the way people communicate. Sending electronic text messages is much faster and easier than writing letters. People use e-mail to stay in touch with friends worldwide.