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?
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