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What if the telephone was never invented?

Discussion in 'Ancient Mysteries' started by PaulaJedi, May 9, 2015.

  1. PaulaJedi

    PaulaJedi Well-Known Member

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    What if the telephone was never invented and the only form of communication mankind developed was writing only? How would it change our world today?

    I feel that the current time period is heading towards a no-phone society since the invention of e-mail and texting. Humans appear to be heading towards a trend of not communicating face to face or voice to voice (i.e. live).

    Would our society suffer at all? Do you think we'd still develop text and wireless communication? (I think so).
     
  2. aboleth_lich

    aboleth_lich Well-Known Member

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    Much of human communication is conveyed not just through the words that we speak, but also with the tone of voice with which we speak them and our body language as well. It is bad enough that we lose body language over the phone, but the loss of tone with modern largely text-based communications is even more hampering. As particularly poignant example, sarcasm is completely lost in purely textual communications. Certainly, prior to the telephone, long distance communications were also purely textual: but we took more time and greater care choosing our words back then, and I suspect that as such the loss of tone and body language were lessened as such.

    Moreover, modern communications has clearly demonstrated that people tend to develop a strange sociopathy of sorts when they communicate online, acting far more passive aggressive and rude than they presumably would be in person. I used to think that was due to the Internet's anonymity, but the advent of sites like Facebook where people act the same under the real identity suggests otherwise.

    These are just my observations of the current state of modern textual communications, and the evolution of such innovations as emojis demonstrates an awareness of these phenomena and an active effort to compensate for them and reintroduce an equivalent of tone and body language into texts.

    If we had bypassed the ability to transmit audio and video signals, jumping straight from the telegraph to to texting: I imagine that we would been in the same place decades ago as we are now with respect to the limitations of intant text communiques--but my have over time developed better and more clever ways to re-incorporate the equivalent of tone and body language into our textual communications (i.e. starting with emojis and somehow progressing from there). Beyond that, the inability to develop the technology to transmit audio and video signals suggests further technological limitations of greater concern--i.e. no radio, no TV, etc, etc, etc.
     
  3. mr_paradox

    mr_paradox Well-Known Member

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    Instant communications actually cause a lot of problems. In the past before writing a letter one would have to think about the problem first and then put it on paper. They would then have to take it to the post office, so along the way they had a lot of time to think about what they are saying. Now days people can communicate more impulsively.

    People now days never disconnect from work. So even when a person is not at work, they are still working. This causes a lot of mental problems and stress.

    People often do not look at the negative consequences of things.
     
  4. ellajanelle

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    I think phones are really helpful nowadays but I'd like to experience a day or even a week without phones. I've been intrigued with the way of life in the past, basically the reason why I'd like to time travel. Also, I'm just saddened by the fact that people today are slowly becoming slaves to their phones and other gadgets. It's like they can't live without these gizmos. It's a very unhealthy thing to be dependent on inanimate objects. The world would probably be less complicated if telephones were never invented. People would have to trust other people if they decided to meet somewhere at this certain time because there's no way to know if the person's coming or not. Also, writing handwritten letters is a thing I wish didn't diminish. It makes the messages so much more meaningful than writing through cyberspace.
     
  5. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Well-Known Member

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    I think a lot of people would suffer if the telephone was never invented. Communications would be really hard and I personally wouldn't enjoy not being able to use my phone since it is vital in my business.