Most of the seniors who are graduating college in 2016 were born in 1994, which many point to as the year the Internet started to make major in-roads into people’s home with services like America Online, Prodigy and Compuserve providing gateways for not only the computer geek, but also the average Joe to connect their computers with others around the world for the first time.
This means, for the first time in the history of the world, we have an educated generation entering the workforce who don’t remember a world before the Internet. This generation doesn’t know what it’s like to have to say “Where did I see that actor before?” because they can just look it up. They don’t have to wonder the mileage between their home and New York City, because not only can they look it up, they can find the shortest route.
Google estimates that it handles 40,000 requests for information every second, or roughly 3.5 billion searches per day. What was the world like before it’s residents had 3.5 billion less pieces of information every day? What was it like before viral videos, clever memes and an endless supply of Top 10 lists? These new college graduates will never know.
There are some things the Internet has killed over time and other things that continue to die a slow death. So, for those who don’t remember a world before the Internet and those who lament what the Internet may have changed we present 11 things that the Internet has killed.
10 Travel Agencies
7 Music & Book Stores
5 Writing and Mailing Letters
4 Minding Our Own Business
3 Adult Entertainment Industry
2 The Need to Attend Class
1 Telephone Books
If you watch television shows from anytime before 2000, you’ll see people sometimes holding large plastic devices up to their heads, talking into one end and listening with the other. These are known as home telephones. There was also a version of these in public that you could pay a quarter to use known as pay phones. The Internet didn’t kill these things, the cell phone did. What the Internet did kill was the book of telephone numbers we used when we needed to find a number we didn’t have. Unless you had an expensive home phone that could save a couple of phone numbers, you didn’t just have everyone’s name in your phone and you couldn’t just text a friend if you were missing a number. Telephone books were made up of white pages for residential numbers and yellow pages for business numbers. These days, it’s all about the web pages, not the paper ones.
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