Besides, it's an evolution that's been going on for, well, generations. In Homer's day, the "Iliad" and "Odyssey" were presented orally. Then we transitioned to the printed word. Books eventually gave way to radio -- another version of the oral tradition -- and then television.
When the Internet appeared, it was back to text. Now, Boston University's Vigil points out, text is giving way to images again -- but that doesn't mean the other forms of communication will go away.
They're all just tools, she says.
"I don't foresee (image services) meaning that we won't text anymore. It think it's going to be more of a balancing act between them," she said.
In the future, who knows? We could be communicating by Google's connected Glass eyewear or by using our tech-embedded clothing.
By then, it will be truly be Maya Shaoolian's world.
"How she gets that information she likes has completely evolved from the way you and I grew up getting it," her father said. "What we're doing now is unthinkable 20 years ago."