Infographic Shows How Chatting Has Evolved Over Time

December 21, 2013 Updated: April 24, 2016

Chatting isn’t new. AOL introduced the concept over twenty years ago. The infographic provided by The Evolution of Chatting goes over the concept of the AOL chat rooms and how they allowed people to get online (a new concept in its own right) and talk with people who could be sitting anywhere in the world. However, the it also provides detailed inforamation on how communication has evolved over time.

The Evolution of Chatting infographic has provided detail on the remarkable process of the different forms of communication. In 100,000 B.C., humans communicated with very primitive speech. Speech will continue to be a form of communication, but 30,000 B.C. marked the start of using cave paintings to communicate and record events. Petroglyphs (other forms of pictorial language) arrived around 10,000 B.C. and were further refined into the pictograms that date back to 9,000 B.C. Writing as we know it today came into being around 4,000 B.C. and led to the establishment of the postal system in 550 B.C.

Several hundred years into the future with the addition of the telephone and other modern technology eventually led to groundbreaking online communication technology by AOL. Now webcams take that communication up a notch, adding a visual element that didn’t exist in the past. Individuals can now see andtalk to a person, making for a sensory experiences that is yet unparalleled. It can be a freeing experience as long as consenting adults agree upon the boundaries of communication.

According to the infographic AOL once again changed the world by introducing the concept of instant online chatting via Instant Messenger. Now conversations requiring the back and forth of speech could be had in a chat window on a computer screen instead of having to login to specific chat sites. You could IM a friend and ask if they wanted to go to lunch. They could reply without ever having to enter a chat room or send an email.

The world is ever changing and people continue to find new ways to communicate. The technological footprint is a relevant as cave drawings are in the timeline of communication.