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THE EVOLUTION OF A LETTER.
The history of a mail message numbers not only centuries but millennia.
The first examples of handwriting originated in Greece.
Then the development of mail system and letter writing was suspended for a long period of time. Different types of letters appeared in Europe with the development of trade.
In the 19 th century the advent of railroads and locomotives increased the rate of carriage of letters and the possibility of communication between the most distant countries.
Today, the Internet has become the predominant medium for sending letters. The term e-mail, meaning electronic mail, has entered into everyday speech.
Another type of a modern letter is a short text message. SMS text messaging is the most widely used data application in the world, with 2. 4 billion active users, or 74% of all mobile phone subscribers.
With the development of the Internet and mobile phones in the 21 century post offices and pigeon post became unpopular. People post letters and postcards less and less.
One of the goals of my work is to show what forms of text messages modern people use today. I have prepared a questionnaire of 5 questions: 1. Do you like interaction? 2. What means of communication do you prefer? 3. Do you like sending handwritten letters? 4. How often do you use contractions in your messages? 5. Do you use smile marks in your messages?
1 question Teens 47/50 Parents 17/25 Grandparents 13/25 2 question Internet Phone Handwriting Teens 42/50 7/50 1/50 Parents 13/25 9/25 1/25 Grandparents 3/25 4/25 18/25
3 question Teens 11/50 Parents 7/25 Grandparents 18/25 4 question Teens 32/50 Parents 16/25 Grandparents 1/25 5 question Teens 47/50 Parents 12/50 Grandparents 2/50
As for the teenage group the results show that practically all boys and girls send e-mails today. Sms is the most widely spread means of communication. All boys and girls from the questionnaire have mobile phones which can send and get sms. They write letters only at school and don’t use them as a communicative device.
Thus, due to the results of the questionnaire we may conclude that a letter as means of communication is becoming unpopular and may even disappear at all.
The majority of younger generation can hardly imagine their life without sms or e-mails. New forms of letters are short and fast.
Thus, we may conclude that sms and e-mails are new phenomena that mark a new stage not only in a letter writing history but in a language development too.
Thank you for attention.