20 Things That Have Become Obsolete Since 2000

VHS tapes, 1-900 numbers, and more
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2010 11:36 AM CST
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(Newser) – Oh, 1999. A time when we used to drive all the way to the video store to rent a VHS tape. Those, along with VCRs, became obsolete this decade, officially dying, quipped the Washington Post, at the youthful age of 29 in 2005. The Huffington Post lists 19 other things that have been forever replaced by new gadgets and gizmos since 2000:

  • Watches: They remain a funky accessory/status symbol, but when it comes to telling time, we rely on our phones.

  • Travel agents: OK, so they're not 100% extinct, but thanks to Kayak, Orbitz, and Travelocity, the days of hiring a travel agent to book your flight and find a hotel are long gone.
  • Forgetting: An elephant never forgets, and neither should we, considering Gmail saves our chat about meeting a friend for breakfast, our iPhones photograph the waffles we ate, Foursquare logs where we ate them, etc, etc.
  • Bookstores: More and more bookstores are closing, thanks in large part to Amazon, and prodded along by the proliferation of ebooks.
  • 1-900 numbers: Webcams enable adult video chats. Who needs a phone?
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