Remember the days when the fastest way to learn all the latest news was to simply turn on the TV or just chat up the neighborhood big mouth?

In the past 20 years communications have exploded with the integration of the Internet and mobile devices.  In the last decade, Internet usage has increased 140% in the United States, with over 260 million Americans using the Internet in 2009.

But as people want to express themselves 24/7, have the Internet, mobile devices and communications platforms been keeping up?  The answer is a resounding YES!

As a self proclaimed motor mouth, the number of options I have in which to communicate far outweigh what I actually have to say.  Tweeting, status updates, g-chats, blogging, becoming a “mayor”, texting, BBMing, e-mailing and even the archaic phone call are just a few of my options to saying what’s on my mind.

And I can do those all via my laptop, desktop, cell phone, smart phone and iPad.  I guess it should come as no surprise that the NY Times reported earlier this week that Microsoft is looking to revitalize its cell phone business with products targeting this exact purpose of communications on the go via multiple networking platforms.

But with all that is going on, is the message being lost?  Are we too concerned with expressing our thoughts that the ability to listen to what everyone else is saying is becoming a dinosaur just like a Palm Pilot or AOL Instant Messenger?

For those not plugged-in to the latest and greatest communication platforms and not equipped to be on the information download non-stop, the answer would presumably be yes.

Over the next five years, I am interested to see where communication and its methods of delivery evolve, and more importantly, how it affects those who greatly value a face to face conversation or choose not to be in the express lane on the information (overload) super highway.