5 Ways Technology Has Changed Since the Year 2000

5 Ways Technology Has Changed Since the Year 2000

Technology continually evolves and changes by improving and providing more conveniences to people across the world. It seems like the technological advances between 2000 and 2020 are momentous. Here are a few examples of how technology has changed in the last 20 years.

 

Telephones

 

During the early 2000s, people were beginning to use and purchase cell phones. However, most homes still used landlines with a couple of phones connected to them so that families could make phone calls and stay in contact with friends. However, if you wanted to make phone calls to people in other area codes, there were usually long-distance charges to contend with–by the minute!

 

So how did you get in touch with someone if they weren’t home when you called? You had to leave them a message on their answering machine or answering service if they had one. Phone tag twenty years ago could take weeks if you and the other party kept calling each other back when the other was out.

 

Today, voicemail is almost redundant. You can look at your phone and see who called. Your friends can text you when you don’t answer. Residential landlines have gone the way of dinosaurs. Even the technology that businesses use for their phone system is changing.

 

Computers

 

Some homes had computers twenty years ago, but take a second to compare them to the supercomputer you now carry in your pocket. Computers of the early 2000s were bulky devices. Even laptops were bulky. And you certainly didn’t watch movies and TV shows on them and youtube.

 

There used to be the concept of “computer time.” When you wanted to do stuff on your computer, you turned it on and waited for it to boot up. You did whatever you were going to do, and when you finished, you turned the computer off. You went back to the real world when you were done. Now, anytime you want to look someone up or send someone a text message, you can reach for your cell phone or tablet. Computers have  even replaced brick and mortar businesses, just look at banks. Instead of going to an ATM or a bank branch now to interact with a teller or your money you just use the internet on your computer or phone. If you want a loan, just apply online and find out immediately. This replaces the wasted time of driving, waiting, processing, and more. 

 

Search Engines

 

Twenty years ago, Google was just getting started. Its databases had yet to catalogue the world wide web. If you wanted to find something on the internet, you might have used a search engine called “Ask Jeeves.” Or you might have browsed an internet directory. Remember those? Let’s say you wanted to learn about indie bands. You probably had to look up “M” for music, and then see what was most likely to give you what you were looking for. Google certainly wasn’t a verb yet. There were a lot fewer websites on the internet in those days, too. Now with things like SEO, companies like Sqaurespace, and platforms like Instagram the customer journey is easily traced and optimized with more data than you can even imagine! 

 

Movies from Home

 

In 2000, you watched movies on VHS or DVD players. You would go to something called a video store, like Blockbuster or Hollywood Video, and you would browse the racks to find a movie to rent. You had to have a membership card to rent, and you had to pay late fees if you didn’t return a movie on time. If you had more late fees on your account than you wanted to pay, you would ask a friend to rent the movie. Sometimes, you would spend half an hour browsing the racks and realize that you couldn’t decide on anything. So you’d leave, go home, and not have anything to watch. 

 

Or you could go to the movies. You can still do that, but twenty years ago, movies were shot on film. Some say that movies on film were more fun to watch than movies made with digital equipment.

 

DVDs are still around, and the quality of home TVs and DVD players are infinitely more awesome than what was available at the turn of the century. 

 

TVs

 

Most homes had TVs, but they were large and inconvenient devices. These were known as CRTs, which were large TVs with giant blocks behind them to make the TV work. Due to this, moving your TVs around or buying new ones caused problems since you needed a lot of space to have them in your home. You could buy a smaller CRT, but they had small screens.

 

The majority of people in today’s world have LCD TVs. Not only do they have larger screens, but they don’t have the electronic boxes behind them. This means that you can put much more powerful TVs throughout your house that take up less space. This makes TV moving, use, and purchasing much easier for everyone involved.

 

It’s incredible to look back at the past and see how far society has come and the many miracles brought by technology. This allows us to continue looking forward and to expect even greater creations in the future.

 


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