In 1876 Alexander Graham Bell made the first phone call to Watson. His words were "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."
By 1890, there were over 200,000 bell telephone stations.
The first cell phone call was made in 1973 on a portable phone weighing almost 2lbs.
Today you can have your choice between cell phone carriers, plans, and models. Cell phone technology has become such an important part of life it is hard to imagine a day without it! In a day where people travel nationally and internationally for work and school, instant communication over long distances is vital. Working on yours Master's degree in California and your parents are living in Chicago? Just dial a few numbers and you are connected within seconds. On some phones you can download applications such as Skype, and connect with loved ones through a video call despite physical distance.
And this is just cell phone technology.
iPhones,iPads, laptops and other portable electronics allow you to connect to the World Wide Web wherever a Wifi connection can be found, or if your device has 3G capabilities you can connect anywhere at anytime.
So are the effects positive or negative?
Although there is the temptation to waste hours checking Facebook & playing games, the bottom line is that technology makes long-distance relationships as easy as they can be – not replacing in person interaction, but far better than the days of letter writing and long periods of waiting.