During the twentieth century people communicated much the same way as they do today. There are advancements in the technology but we used mobile phones, land-line phones, e-mail, snail-mail and other types of communication. Believe it or not we had electricity and everything way back in the 1990's.
"Between 1990 and 1997 the number of households that owned computers increased from 15 percent to 35 percent, and the amount spent by the average household on computers and associated hardware more than tripled."
"By 1999 more than three-quarters of the U.S. population was "plugged in" to the new digital society, and most Americans felt that technological advances were improving their quality of life."
Even with all of the new technology and faster communication, one of the things that the communities of the 1990's had that many today lack is verbal communication. We talked to each other. We didn't text everything we thought and blogs were not yet common. We didn't Twitter, and we didn't have Facebook or Myspace. When we were together at a party, ballgame, or public event we actually took the time to "unplug" and speak to each other.
The decade of 1990's was a period of transition from the view point of communication. The main changes that occurred in communication during this decade include the following.
- Internet basd communication was intriduced in this decade and grew very fast. Of course, even before Internet, there were other computer based communication networks. Some such networks still exist for special application. One computer based communication system fairly well used before was EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) system.
- Mobile or cell phones as compared to fixed-line or land-line telephone system became very popular during this decade.
- Use of e-mails to replaced to great other communication such as paper mail (snail mail), telephone, and even face-to-face communication.
- Use of Fax system which was still an new invention at beginning of the decade began to decline during this decade.
- The system of teleconferencing also became quite common during later half of the decade.
- IVR (interactive voice response system) also became common during the decade.
I just want to add that communication back then is as not as feature-riched as the modern communication we have today. Today's telecommunication is being integrated with the technological benefits of a mobile phone and the internet. One area where you will notice this is in a voicemail to email services, internet faxing service, etc. which are being offered by some telecommunication companies.