Things That Have Become Obsolete Since 2000! (2023)


If you think back to the 1990s you'll quickly realize that things were completely different. We have made huge strides in technology which has affected our daily lives. In this video we will have a closer look at some things that have become obsolete since 2000!

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In the last 22 years we have made some huge strides in the way of Technology before 2000, things like smartphones, iPods text, messaging, social media, GPS streaming and driverless cars, didn't really exist.

There is no doubt that it has been amazing and wonderful, but think about what we've lost in today's video.

We will have a look back on some of the things that have become almost entirely obsolete.

At one time, high schools and colleges had something called computer labs.

These were specific rooms where all the computers were kept back before everyone toted around their own personal computer.

This is where you would go in order to have access to one when you left the room, you wouldn't have access to a computer again, until you returned to that room back in the days of landlines, you could call someone and hear a busy signal at the time.

It was super annoying.

But in the age of cell phones, we'd give anything to hear it again.

If you heard this on the phone, it gave you solid information, the person you were trying to reach was home, but was on another call nowadays going straight to voicemail can mean anything, remember when you had to stay home from school because you were sick.

And then you watched TV all day you never felt that you would watch The Price is Right with Bob Barker and it's.

The reason why so many people have fond memories of the show it was either that some terrible soap opera or the local news back, then your choices were very limited in 1997, DVDs arrived in the U.S.

And it didn't take long for the new format to make VCRs feel like cave drawings in 2005.

The Washington Post gave the obsolete product, a tongue-in-cheek obituary.

It passed away peacefully after a long illness caused by chronic technological insignificance and a lack of directors commentary tracks walking by a film process encounter at a pharmacy can be a little strange today, it's sort of like driving by an abandoned Mall.

You can't help.

But look and remember some pastimes that were better.

Remember the feeling you would get when you got your film developed in one hour, we never really thought that something like that would become obsolete at one time.

Everyone used dot matrix printers what about the only places you'll still see these are at the occasional thrift store, Electronics sections.

And the occasional car rental office.

These printers were a pain in their Prime.

And especially when they jammed, which was quite often.

But if you do happen to hear one today, it will certainly give you a happy feeling if there's no picture on your TV today.

Then it likely means your internet is out if that happens, then you will just see a black screen.

However, there was a time when generations of TV Watchers would get the electromagnetic noise or static on the screen, which was frustrating, many younger Generations, hardly even owned televisions and streaming services like Netflix and Hulu can be viewed on their phones slide.

Projectors were once a huge part of our culture.

Maybe you saw one at school or perhaps your aunt made, you sit and view all of her vacation photos, which you had to pretend to enjoy younger.

Generations will never get to experience the pull-down screen heat from the projector or the dust that would rise above it.

When you would see it in the light in the air fax machines were once an important tool to have in many offices and businesses.

But when was the last time that you used one, if you still have a fax machine, then don't bother giving out your number because nobody is going to fax you on one of these obsolete products.

Kids today really have it easy.

The world is full of instant gratifications, especially when you're talking about pictures, an image captured on a smartphone can be seen in just nanoseconds after taking it in the past instant had a different.

Meaning, Polaroid cameras were instant.

But that was in comparison to having film developed it still took a few minutes for the image to slowly appear.

Now most people wouldn't have the patience to wait for a Polaroid picture.

Landlines are something that has just about disappeared at one time they were in every home that was back when phones were meant for talking, and they didn't have internet connections apps or touch screens taking photos with them or sending a text just wasn't, an option internet connections used to require a phone line, which plugged into a computer, the computer would then attempt to call the internet.

And sometimes your connection would get interrupted.

If somebody in the house picked up another phone, compared to how things are today.

It was a pain, but who could forget the excitement of almost being online long before cars and cell phones had global Positioning Systems or GPS.

It was possible that you could venture out into the world and not have a clue where you were.

It was called being lost at that point.

You stopped into the nearest gas station to ask for directions, or to find a map if you were feeling adventurous, then you would keep wandering around until you figured out where you were going.

It was sort of a weird thrill to be lost.

And then figure it all out.

Once the internet came along, we had directions that we could print out from MapQuest.

It was a lot easier, but still no GPS for Generations.

Music has been a huge part of our lives.


Music can be stored on our phones or other digital sources.

But there was a time when we had to physically carry around all of our music.

It may have been in a cassette tape box or a CD binder.

You were limited on what you could play based on what you brought with you sorting through all your music and then switching out a cassette tape or a CD in the car was every bit as dangerous as texting is today.

Blind dates were once a real thing, usually a person would set you up with someone.

And you really had no idea what that other person looked like apps, such as Tinder and Facebook have changed a game.

Some might argue that it is also taken away the weird thrill kids today, not only can't write in cursive.

But some of them can't even read.

It cursive seems to be a lost art.

And just about the only thing you'll use it for is signing your name with everyone using email and text.

It just doesn't have any real world applications anymore.

Prior to 2000, a cloud was a collection of condensed water vapor hovering in the sky.

You know where rain comes from, but it certainly wasn't where you stored all your computer files.

If you wanted to save something important, then you needed something like a floppy disk, which could hold up to 240 megabytes of memory.

Nowadays, computers, don't even have an option for these floppy disks.

But if you still have some of these then don't throw them out, they can make pretty good coasters for that cold cocktail.

You know, what would be a far more entertaining version of American Ninja Warrior, watching a bunch of kids today compete in a death match where they had to find a book in a library using the Dewey Decimal System in the end, everyone gets paper cuts and nobody finds their book beepers and pagers were once a cool thing to have.

But in today's time, not even the drug dealers want to use one of these obsolete.

Products calculators really are tiny computers, but their only job was to do math.

Couldn't do anything else besides add subtract multiply and divide, oh sure it can make some amusing swear words, eight, zero, zero, eight, kind of look like Boo type in 7734 and then turn it upside down.

And it kind of looked like hell.

But these devices couldn't do anything else.

And nobody cares about carrying around a physical calculator.

Our cell phones have a calculator and so much more remember the crazy ads that you would see in the back of magazines or free, City weeklies.

They could have anything from Windows to food today.

These types of ads are found on smartphones and more specifically in apps and search engines that we use in the old days you had to make an effort to get the information you wanted from a subscription to a magazine or newspaper.

The information Highway was a lot slower.

The newspaper reported on happenings that had already been discussed in the previous day's newscast and magazines were much slower today.

We expect our news to get delivered instantly via the phone or online.

This has put a strain on many newspapers and magazines, you can certainly still see some of these in stores, but you hardly ever see anyone buying them whether we realize it or not our lives have changed.

Some of the things we used to do are no longer done.

Can you think of any others that we missed? Let us know in the comments below as always thank you so much for watching foreign.


What are some things that have become obsolete? ›

List of obsolete technology
Obsolete technologyReplacement
LaserDiscCompact disks, DVDs, and Blu-ray
Overhead projector and slide projectorVideo projector
Phonograph and phonograph recordAudio cassette, 8 track tape, compact disc, MP3
TelegraphTelephone, teletype, email, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
72 more rows

What is an example of obsolete? ›

not in general use any more, having been replaced by something newer and better or more fashionable:
  • Payment by cheque will soon be obsolete.
  • become/be rendered obsolete Traditional retailing is in danger of being rendered obsolete by the internet.
  • We need to replace some obsolete equipment.

What is an example of an obsolete good or service? ›

Obsolete means 'out of date'. As products become obsolete, new products replace them. For example, DVDs and CDs have largely been replaced with media-streaming services.

What technologies will be obsolete in 10 years? ›

Older technology like landline phones, USB drives, alarm locks, and more will likely become obsolete in the next 10 years. Eco-friendly changes in the manner technology is created will likely render one-use plastic products and incandescent light bulbs useless in the coming decade.

What are three things that are obsolete? ›

Examples of obsolete items include: VHS tapes and cassette tapes, which have been replaced by DVDs and digital media, CRT televisions and monitors have been replaced by LCD and LED displays, flip phones, replaced by smartphones, film cameras replaced by digital cameras, typewriters replaced by computers, and landline ...

What things didn t exist 20 years ago? ›

Things that didn't exist 20 years ago (1998)
  • iPhone or any smartphones.
  • Wifi (barely existed)
  • Google (founded in late 1998)
  • Any social media (no Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc)
  • Podcasts.
  • PayPal (founded in December 1998)
  • Wikipedia.
  • Netflix.
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What is an obsolete object? ›

Obsolete also refers to something that is already disused or discarded, or antiquated.

What is being obsolete? ›

: no longer in use or no longer useful. an obsolete word. b. : of a kind or style no longer current : old-fashioned. an obsolete technology.

What is an example of an obsolete technology? ›

Walkman, Discman and MP3 players

Each of these formats of portable music player eventually fell into obsolescence as other more technologically advanced players appeared. They all had their benefits though.

What are the two types of obsolete? ›

Aesthetic obsolescence: When a product in good condition is replaced by another more modern one or with a more attractive design. Obsolescence by expiration: The life of a product is artificially reduced because of its preferrable expiration or consumption date although it can still be used or consumed.

What is a good obsolescence? ›

The good types of planned obsolescence are “value engineering” and “functional obsolescence.” Value engineering is a design process that seeks to use as little material as possible in a product while still delivering an acceptable lifespan.

What things won t exist in 25 years? ›

Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella: Each of these diseases are nearly eradicated, and should be within 25 years (as long as people continue to get vaccinated…) Cigarettes: eCigarettes / “vapes” are less expensive, likely less harmful (though still unhealthy), and being rapidly adopted by young demographics of smokers.

Is paper becoming obsolete? ›

Pen and paper may become obsolete in the near future due to the increasing prevalence of digital communication and writing tools. Here are some of the reasons why: Environmental Concerns: In recent years, there has been growing concern about the environmental impact of paper production and waste.

What jobs will be obsolete by 2030? ›

15 Disappearing Jobs that Won't Exist in 2030
  • Travel agent. ...
  • Cashier. ...
  • Fast food cook. ...
  • 4. Mail carrier. ...
  • Bank teller. ...
  • Textile worker. ...
  • Printing press operator. ...
  • Sports referee/Umpire.
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