The Evolution of Internet: A Journey from Pac-Man to Instant Information

Do you remember life before the internet?

The widespread adoption of the internet among the general population began in the late 1990s to early 2000s. During this period, the proliferation of computers and the decrease in internet connectivity costs allowed many households and businesses to get connected to the internet.

Around the year 2000, mobile phones started to become popular. I remember starting to play Pac-Man on a computer around the time when phones became portable. It was a time when I was learning how to use computers rather than connecting to the internet. Three years later, we could exchange emails using mobile phones.

The internet had a slow start as well, often freezing frequently. Waiting for the freeze to subside took longer than actually working on the internet, I believe.

Before the internet was restored, we relied on mobile phones as a means of communication. Prior to that, we communicated by making phone calls on landline telephones. I remember memorizing numerous phone numbers, and there were even contact books. I feel that the pace of time between then and now is completely different.

We are living in a generation that has become incredibly convenient, but perhaps our mental space has diminished as a result. It can be challenging for our minds to keep up with processing information. In the era without the internet, it took a lot of time to research a single topic. Now, we can obtain summarized information in just one minute.

Checking the map for directions and using a compass to determine our current location, it’s hard to remember how much time it took. We used to arrive on time for meetings without knowing how long it took.

Speaking from my personal experience, having lived in both eras, I appreciate the convenience that surrounds us. I never imagined such a world thirty years ago.

What are your thoughts, everyone?

Thank you for reading this article.

15 thoughts on “The Evolution of Internet: A Journey from Pac-Man to Instant Information

  1. travelcd says:

    I mostly see the internet as a force for good but I understand that it needs balance or you could lose yourself

    1. Tasty line says:

      I agree with you, and I think it’s a great perspective. It’s important to use the internet in a balanced way to ensure that we don’t lose ourselves. Let’s strive to maintain that balance and use it wisely.

      1. travelcd says:

        Exactly <3

  2. Omatra7 says:

    Yes – just like that … appreciate the modern conveniences

    I also know both

    If looking at internet – but TV was always there

    My parents knew life before there was TV … and was just radio 😮 lol

    Crazy how times change and what happens – it’s crazy to think what could be next? 😮

    1. Tasty line says:

      Indeed, that’s absolutely true. With the advent of the internet and the remarkable advancements made by companies like Apple, it’s truly exciting to think about what surprises await us next. I’m thrilled at the prospect of being able to share and experience that era together.

      1. Omatra7 says:

        I didn’t realize I missed some replies – but …

        I’ve been thinking lately with the AI

        We should have science teach what they know about cancer and Alzheimer’s – all the major killers

        Could it find cures?? It could be used for good and that part IS so exciting

        But with everything is cautionary tale when is in wrong hands

        I am exciting with future so could help us find cures for things 🙏

      2. Tasty line says:

        Will cancer and Alzheimer’s disease ever be solved? I think there’s also a need to rethink about food.

        We certainly wouldn’t want it to fall into the wrong hands. However, lately I’ve been thinking that what’s good and what’s bad can change depending on the viewpoint, which makes it difficult.

        In a world where many treatments have been found, I hope that we can discover treatments for incurable diseases 🙏.

      3. Omatra7 says:

        I dream for cancer and Alzheimer’s to be solved – one day maybe? 🙏🙏

        Absolutely rethink food. Diet can totally help with many things … but yes they are always changing what’s good and what’s bad. But generally know your body, know your families medical history if possible and look for what would be best for you and what you are able to eat.

        Well if that AI system is so brilliant and exciting like they say – and learns fast making leaps and bounds… if that was given to science and the research and things are learned by the AI maybe it could come up with cures really fast ?

        Let me see how great it is

        Probably just me dreaming and wanting so bad lol … but if AI is so incredible like they say – let it do that!!! 🙏🙏

      4. Tasty line says:

        I too hope for a solution to be found for intractable diseases.

        I am careful about my diet to avoid unnecessary stress. I have never been particularly aware of my family’s illnesses, so thanks to what you’ve told me, I am now able to research it.

        I believe AI is already making significant contributions in many fields. However, I think we will see AI’s impact in our daily lives as it continues to evolve through further deep learning.

        Aren’t Star Wars’ R2-D2, C-3PO, and BB-8 also part of the evolution of AI? 🤖
        I believe it’s only a matter of time before such entities come into existence. I look forward to a splendid future.🙏

      5. Omatra7 says:

        You are smart with your diet

        Yes is good to know these medical issues so you can learn – or know about something that maybe in your genes 🧬

        It’s the more you know 😊 not to mention, is fun to know family history 😊 – there is much I still don’t know – I have bits and pieces

        Let’s hope so 🙏🙏🙏 these 20’s are kinda kicking my butt 😮 always something lol 🤷‍♀️

        But yes I see a splendid future MAYBE – it’s just a different world than what used to be, so I can not even imagine what will be 😮

        Hopefully none of that is used for evil 😳😮🙏

        I don’t trust the world too much – we see

        Also – I do worry with so much technology and creature comforts … that we will lose the knowledge and love of nature and appreciation of life and those in it

        Also loss of skills, replaced by technology

        Job losses etc

        So I do wish to see brightly ❤️ most definitely ❤️🙏

        But you probably know the saying:
        Be careful what you wish for

        Evil makes me nervous – I do not trust

        At work, I constantly mention how they gonna have things stolen if leave them out lol … and they say – no not here

        Well ok – go ahead learn your lesson

        They tease me because I do not trust lol – in loving way not bully way

        But we made a bet – lol – he say will still be there for whole week 😄😄

        I say … ok well we see 😄😄

        So we see lol

        Anyway, I just mention that because I do not always trust what mankind does 😮

      6. Tasty line says:

        You’re really smart. Thanks for sharing so much with me.

        Technology keeps moving forward, even if we do nothing. So, it’s best for us to live with it, but also protect our privacy as much as we can🤐

        Jobs have always changed and will continue to change. That’s why it’s important for us to keep learning🤓

        Is there anyone who fully trusts others? I think it’s natural to doubt sometimes to protect ourselves🫢🤔

        From what you’ve said, I think you’re probably a kind person☺️

      7. Omatra7 says:

        Thanks for the post of thought 💭 ❤️

        You make some very good points.

        And yes – it is important to always keep learning ❤️👏

        Hahaha … yes I am a kind person lol … I like to help others 😊❤️

        You seem very intelligent and a bright soul… keep that spirit ❤️

      8. Tasty line says:

        Thank you for your comment☺️

        While I’m interested in AI, I’m also curious about Apple’s Vision Pro😎

      9. Omatra7 says:

        I just googled the  Apple Vision Pro 😮

        Very cool! 😎

        That might be too distracting for me… lol … I am a distractable person 😮

      10. Tasty line says:

        You’re right, it might be distracting. However, in the decades to come, it’s possible that work meetings and tasks will take place in alternate dimensions. Right now, it’s quite large, but as quality improvements are made, it could become smaller and easier to use😎

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