Difference between journals, letters and social media

So much as changed in the last few hundred years. Back in the 17th century, people communicated with letters. This was their equivalent of email and text messages. Since letters took a while to get to the person the writer was sending them to, they would not write often, and it could take months for the letter to arrive, if it even arrived at all. However, this was normal, and if someone did not hear from their parents, siblings, friend, or significant other for months, this was totally acceptable and normal. Nowadays, things function a little differently. Now we communicate mainly through email and text messages. Since it only takes seconds for a message to get to the person you are sending your message to. If someone does not respond to a text message in a few seconds, an an email in an hour, it is considered that person is taking to long to respond, and sometimes someone might think someone is in a bad accident if they do not text back in a few minutes. Could you imagine waiting months for an response? I certainly could not.

There is also a difference between journals and social media. Journals were used for entertainment of the public, as well as providing news of what is going in in town, or in London. If someone heard a rumor of something big happening, they would have to wait until the following day to find out if it was true or not. Now, we do do not have to wait a day. Instead, we can simply go on Facebook or Twitter or even Snapchat to find out if something just happened or not. Back in the 18th century, if someone had to look up information, they would have to go to the library and it could take them hours to find what they are for. Today, all we need to do is Google something and multiple sources pop up.

Looking at the difference between the two periods, I fully realize just how easy we have it nowadays.

One thought on “Difference between journals, letters and social media

  1. Easy in some ways, but not in others. Back then, there were widely accepted authorities and people trusted them. Now, we spend so much time wading through the dross and trying to assess the value of our sources once we find even find them. We have the information but are not sure if we can trust it; they had trouble getting hold of the information, but once they had it, their problem was solved.


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