They’ve affected how we live, do business, acquire information, and connect with others.
We’ve gotten used to touch-screens, blazingly fast Internet, and the ability to have the world at our fingertips in seconds.
In the process, a few things that once were considered social mainstays are now either obsolete or well on their way.
Remember busting out a map to figure out directions? Or using a cell phone that had actual buttons? Yeah, those days are a bit hazy for us, too.
So let’s refresh our memories, get nostalgic, and honour some techologies, gadgets, and habits that got totally pwned by the 2000’s.
Remember that trusty stylus? The once-awesome Palm Pilot had no chance with the advent of the Blackberry, and then, of course, the touch-screen smartphone.
The massive popularity of Netflix and Video-On-Demand has made it virtually unnecessary to go to an actual store to rent movies. Blockbuster is feeling the shift -- the company is set to shut down 960 of its stores this year alone -- and we bet they don't last long into the new decade.
With wireless penetration in the U.S. currently at 89%, it's no surprise that many people are using their mobiles or internet voice services as their primary way to connect.
And when we consider the fact that about one-fifth of American households were wireless-only as of June 2009, it's not hard to conclude that the landline is on its way out.
In the same vein of VoIP and cell phones, it no longer costs extra to make those cross-country calls. And Skype and various other free internet chat services make international calls totally free (at least for now).
With the advent of the e-fax, and considering how annoying regular faxing can be, we think it won't be long before everyone's taking a bat to their fax machines.
Want to find out the locations of the closest 50 starbucks in a 4-block radius?
Forget wasting time talking to an all-knowing automated voice, and thank your lucky stars for Google maps.
Social networks have practically erased the possibility of ever losing touch with anyone.
The downside: you can no longer use that as an excuse for never speaking to your creepy first-year roommate again.
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