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Social Networking in Ancient Times

Social Networking in Ancient Times


Of course there was no internet back then … but the intrinsic need of humans for socializing was active back in 13 th Century in different forms.

After studying ceramic and obsidian artefacts from that Era, researchers have discovered that long distance social network existed long before the Internet. And the means they used for socializing was their feet. The study was based on analysing more than 800,000 painted ceramics and 4,800 obsidian artefacts. They have found that similar types of painted pottery were created in villages separated by more than 250 km, which suggests that relationships were maintained spanning large distances. And if you take into account that there were no means of transportation, this required a lot of effort.

Furthermore, the results have also shown a big change in social networking in the Southwest in between 1200-1450 AD where social networks collapsed.

It looks that society in the past didn’t differ much from today, just the means were different. It becomes obvious that those needs are somehow programed in our DNA, but by whom and why still remains unanswered.

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They walked 250km to socialize and we communicate through the internet even at distances of 100 meters. I heard the inimitable phrase from a teenage girl “we gather in one room and communicate with each other via Skype because it's fun". We go out with our friends and play all the time with our i-phone or i-pad instead of paying attention and really communicate...

Is it possible that the real need for communication was only in the genes of our ancestors and to us is left only as a routine??? Just something society requires from us???


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