@Rasp That comes from a period in time when accessing the internet required you to buy a very expensive calculator that weighted a ton and gave you nothing but blue screen nightmares. Also internet connections back then were over landline using 56Kbps bandwidths which didn't allow for much... back then yeah, I understand if not so many people was so fond of the internet.

Hence why smartphones are a thing now, and nobody can live without one.

@enigmatico @Rasp Hm, I'm pretty sure high-speed internet was already available in 2000, and modems were already getting rare. Y2K already seemed like a silly scare that we couldn't believe we fell for.

This is a rather stupid headline for the era. It's probably the Daily Mail pandering to its older technophobic demographic.

@JordiGH Landline connections were still a thing until the mid 2000s. ADSL lines were already available in 2002-2003. At the year 2000, the majority of people were still on regular phone lines at 56kbps.

When I got into the internet, ADSL was a thing already, but that was at the beginning of 2006.

@enigmatico Interesting, I take it by your domain this is in Belgium? I wonder if it was the same in the UK. I definitely already had cable and ADSL available in 2000.

@JordiGH @enigmatico I grew up in the UK and we had dial-up until 2006 or so. I had friends with cable modems before that (maybe 2003 ish), but they were rich friends.

@cyberia @enigmatico Wow, so I guess it was really slow in Europe. There was definitely ADSL in Mexico and the US in 2000.

"In 2000 there were just under 150 million dial-up subscriptions in the 34 OECD countries and fewer than 20 million broadband subscriptions." ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet )

So, like 10% of connexions were already high-speed.

I still think this article is dumb even for the time. Five years earlier, maybe, but thinking the internet was a fad in 2000 is dumb.

@JordiGH @enigmatico oh for sure, the article is nonsense. but that's what you get for reading the daily mail, at any period in history ;)

@JordiGH @enigmatico in 2000 we didn't have a computer or internet access at all, although I remember feeling like we were a bit behind the curve at the time. it's hard to say how true that was though, because I was <10 years old.

@cyberia @enigmatico It might also be a socioeconomic thing. It was a certain luxury at the time to have a computer. I grew up quite privileged and had access to the internet at home and in school since the early to mid 90s.

@Rasp I mean, theyre not wrong about email contributing to an information overload

@crlf @Rasp
It's "The Daily Mail"; that's a little much to expect :newlol:

@Rasp you know, if millions... billions did give up on it, it would frankly be a better place than what it has turned into after the normies invaded it...

@Rasp Good to know that even in 2000 the Mail was still spouting nonsense (I was still a little young to pay attention to and critically think about papers at the time :B)

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