Connected in New Ways
Before 1975, people had to rely on land line telephones and writing letters. In this era, people use cell phones, e-mail, and handheld computer devices.
They use their mobile phones to text constantly, surf the web, find directions, take photographs, and make videos. In 2007, 75 percent of all teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 years old owned a mobile phone.
Social networking websites like MySpace and Facebook make it all possible. By 2007, Facebook had ballooned to 70 million active users worldwide.
Photograph showing three young women sitting outside while talking and texting on cell phones. Two of the women are shown using text messaging and another is shown talking. This photo was taken in 2009 in Tennessee by Paulette Fox. Tennessee State Museum Collection
- Photograph showing a baby listening to an iPod. This photo was taken in January 2009 by photographer "super-structure" in Franklin, Tennessee. Flickr.com
- Photograph showing the line to purchase the iPhone. This photo was taken by Megan Morris on July 11, 2008, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, when the iPhone was first released. It shows a long line of people waiting outside of a building in order to buy iPhones. Flickr.com
- Photograph showing a man using a Blackberry. This photo was taken by B. L. Rhodes in 2009. It shows the device being used to access the internet and to visit the Google website. Tennessee State Museum Collection
- Photograph showing a man using video streaming. This photo was taken by B. L. Rhodes in 2009 in Nashville. It shows a man using a video stream to watch a session of the Tennessee General Assembly online. Tennessee State Museum Collection
- A Fort Campbell soldier takes a photograph at a concert in Clarksville to welcome home 101st Airborne troops from duty in Iraq in 2009. Photo by Sanford Myers, courtesy of The Tennessean
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