With the sudden rise in the popularity of social media, smart phones and other technologies, it is more important than ever to study how new media is changing the way that people communicate. Technology has a profound effect on the way that we speak, write and even how we think, and by understanding how technology affects communication, we can see how interpersonal skills will change in the first half of the 21st century and how our culture will adapt to these changes. The articles in this category discuss new communication-based studies and research. We will consider rising trends in social media and offer insight to research to show how new media affects communication on both a macro and a micro scale.
This infographic presents a timeline of the last 30 to 40 years of social media, beginning with the first email to the Facebook takeover. You may even remember a few of the primitive tools mentioned that helped change it all.