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Texting messaging is a way of life anymore for our society, especially for teenagers.
Texting messaging is a way of life anymore for our society, especially for teenagers. Cell phone plans have changed over the years because of this. I remember when I first got a cell phone the plan was so many minutes a month with free nights and weekends (remember that?). Texting was not automatic and you were given a set amount of texts a month. That amount counted for both incoming and outgoing messages.
There have been many different forms of getting a message to a friend or loved one over the years. Here is a list of just a few. You can find out more information about each of these on the History of Messaging website.
- Smoke Signals: When most of us think of smoke signals we think of Native American history. Did you know they were also used in ancient China to warn about enemy attacks?
- Carrier Pigeon: Hogwarts is not the only place to use birds for letter delivery. Pigeons were used during war times for an army to send a message. It was inserted into a small metal canister and tied to the pigeons leg.
- Message in a Bottle: We all know about the book by Nicholas Sparks that was turned into a movie Message in a Bottle. This was a common method of communication in the 16th century.
- Telegrams: Did you know telegrams were invented in 1837? Telegrams used a combination of dots and dashes for the alphabet.
- Pony Express: Pony express was the first mail delivery system. It started in the Great Plains and Rockies in the early 1860’s. It would only take 10 days to deliver a letter from coast to coast.
- Balloon Mail: , it is an effective way for those within a closed off society to send information or propaganda materials to those on the outside. An example of this is: private activists used this method distribute leaflets to Warsaw Pact countries from West Germany in the mid-1950s and by South Koreans to North Korea discussing the health of Kim Jong-il.
- Telephones: Alexander Grand Bell filed for the patent of this in 1876.
- Fax Machines: The first prototype of the fax machine was invented in the 1880’s but did not become widely popular until 1966. I’m sure we’ve all used a fax machine either as the actual user or paying a company to fax something for us.
The other 4 ways are more modern: Pagers (who else remembers having one?), cell phones, instant messaging and texting.