The Evolution Of The Telephone

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The Evolution Of The Telephone: Friend Or Foe? Over the past few decades the evolution of the telephone has dramatically changed the way in which we interact with each other and the world around us. Just looking at the past ten years, the advances in the development of the telephone are immense. With this realization though heeds caution, because just like anything that is not managed properly, the technology of today has the potential to reap destruction on homes and families. James Surowiecki, a staff writer at the New Yorker said “Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things more quickly and efficiently. But too often it seems to make things harder, leaving us with fifty-button remote controls,…show more content…
One thing every child did when he or she was in grade school, was the game “Telephone” or more accurately called the “Lover’s Telephone.” This is where you would take two tin cans and run a string tightly between them. The idea is that the tight string would carry the sound vibrations from one tin can to the other, so that two people who were a distance apart could speak to each other. This concept dates back hundreds of years and was used as a vehicle for carrying speech and sounds over distances they otherwise could not go. Prior to the invention of the telephone the traditional means of communication, regardless of how time sensitive the message, was sending a letter. When Samuel Morse invented the telegraph in the 1830’s through the 1840’s, it was made possible to get short urgent messages over distances quicker. However, the messages where sent in Morse code and an individual would have to travel to a telegraph station in order for the Telegraph operator to transmit it thus presenting an inconvenience. So when an individual wanted to send a friendly or personal message, sending it by telegraph could not replace the convenience of sending a letters from one’s own living room. In the early 1870’s Alexander Bell was experimenting with harmonic telegraph systems. Thomas Watson being attracted to his ideas would assist Alexander bell in inventing the first telephone. In 1875 they had successfully made the first voice call. For the next few decades, telephone wire
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