9 things that have become obsolete in the past 20 years
- As technology advances, things that were once innovative and groundbreaking are becoming obsolete.
- In the past 20 years along, VHS tapes, one-hour photo labs, and phone booths are some of the things that have almost completely disappeared.
- Here are nine things that have become obsolete in the past 20 years.
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Technology is always hurtling forward.
A little over a century ago, entire industries related to horse-drawn transportation disappeared overnight with the advent of the automobile. More recently, advances in music recording technology have helped us transition from records to cassettes, CDs, and finally MP3s and digital streaming.
While you might not be consciously aware of the feverish pace of change today, it's easy to look back on dozens of technologies that are now completely obsolete thanks to the march of progress.
Read on to see nine things that have become utterly obsolete in the last 20 years, from VCRs to PDAs, and much more.
One-hour photo labs used to occupy street corners and malls — now there are fewer than 200 still standing in America.
For two decades, every computer came with a floppy disk drive to load programs.
Personal Digital Assistants were the precursor to smartphones.
For decades, teachers used overhead projectors to beam their lessons onto screens.
Thanks to VCRs, every home had movies on VHS tapes you had to rewind.
Classified ads kept print newspapers in business for more than a century — but Craigslist made quick work of them.
Once upon a time, most people carried paper road maps in their cars.
MP3 players were basically iPhones that couldn't make phone calls.
And just 20 years ago there were 2 million phone booths standing in the US.
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