I was a 90's kid and I think about that time a lot because it was a happy time for me. It was also a simple time has far as technology goes. It wasn't as advanced or complex as it is today. Which, is why I decided to write about this topic. See, I was thinking if kids today were sent back to the 90's they'd probably have a melt down because you couldn't use certain technical devices back then like you can now.
So, here is a side by side comparison of the 90's tech vs today's.
Cellphones in the 21st Century
Today cellphones are basically able to do everything. You can make calls, receive calls, text, video chat, check e-mail etc. Not to forget all the 900 gazillion apps they have now. Plus, they have touch screens. The only thing it can't do is cook you a meal and do your laundry (I'm sure that day will come)
Cellphones in the 90's
In the 90's cellphones weren't that complicated. You actually had to press numbers and the only thing it could do was make outgoing calls and receive incoming calls, but that's it.
Home Phones in the 90'sCellphones were only used when a person was out. They didn't use them for everything like they do today. In the 90's people had home phones and that's where most people did their talking, at home. The phones were simple and non-complex.
Computers in the 21st Century
Today's computers are way more advanced and you can do anything and go any where you like online. They have flat screens and the mouse is wireless. It's a tech persons dream.
Laptops In the 21st Century
Laptops today are pretty much just as advanced as computers and people use their laptop much more then they use a home computer.
Computers in the 90's
Back in the 90's computers were big , bulky and came with tons of equipment to set up. They took up a lot of room and you weren't able to do as much on them back then.
Laptops in the 90's
Much like computers the 90's laptop were also kind of bulky and I think people mostly used them for writing or work but nothing more.
Televisions in the 21st Century
T.V.s today are flat screened, can be hung on the wall, they're big and have Hi-Definition. It's totally teched out.
Televisions in the 90's
Back in the 90's T.V.s were big and took up space. Most people had an entertainment center or a T.V. stand to put the T.V. on. Though I didn't pay much attention, I don't think Hi- Def existed back then (at least where T.V.'s are concerned).
Windows in the 21st CenturyWindows is pretty advanced now it's up to Windows 10. A new version comes out all the time and every version has the ability to do something bigger and better than the last.
Windows in the 90's
Computer technology wasn't very big back then, neither was Windows. Back in the 90's people had Windows 95 and then when Windows 98 came out people were totally excited about that. It was like the greatest advancement ever.
Video Game Systems:
Video Game Systems in the 21st Century
I don't know much about video game systems but I know that they are more advanced now. You can do so much more with them and can even communicate with people through them (from what I understand).
Video Game Systems in the 90's
There weren't many video gaming system choices back then. I remember Nintendo and Sega but that's about all there was I believe, until the first original Playstation came along, which back then people were totally excited about. It was the coolest.
Video Games in the 21st CenturyI don't know much about the most popular video games now because that's not something I'm into. However, I know the video game technology is more advanced which makes the games more realistic. There's even more video game choices.
Video Games in the 90's
Again, this is not something I've ever been into but I remember all the commercials for all the most popular games back then and there weren't nearly as many. I remember there being Mario & Luigi, Crash Bandicoot, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Sonic the Hedgehog and Sypro the Dragon but that's all I remember. There may have been more but those I believe were the main ones.
Music Devices in the 21st Century
Music devices now are iPods and there are many versions of them. I know you can listen to music on your cellphone and I imagine that's what most people use.
Music Devices in the 90's
Back then you could use a Walkman which was for audio cassette tapes or the wonderful invention of the Discman, which was for compact discs. Those were your only two choices though.
Cameras in the 21st Century
I think most people take pictures with their phones and also make videos with their phones, because you can do all that with a cellphone. I'm not sure if people even use an actual camera nowadays.
Cameras in the 90's
Back in the day you had to use an actual camera that you put film into. You also had the option of a Polaroid camera and the picture would come out instantly. That's how you took pictures in the 90's
Video Recording in the 90'sIf you wanted to make of video of something, you had to use a camcorder to record whatever it was. That's how you made videos in the 90's.
Information Downloads in the 21st CenturyIn this decade, if a person wants to transfer something they wrote or any files they have on the computer, they put it on a flash drive, which can store up to a certain amount of data.
Information Downloads in the 90's
In the 90's if you wanted to transfer something, you put it on a floppy disc. That's how you stored info back then.
Entertainment Devices in the 21st CenturyIn this era we have DVD players and Blue-ray disc players to watch movies on. It's very high tech.
Entertainment Devices in the 90's
Back in the 90's if you wanted watch a movie, the only choice was bulky VCR to put your video cassette tape into. That was how people in the 90's watched movies.
Social Media in the 21st CenturyThere are tons of social media sites and places to go to in this day and age. You have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snap Chat and the list goes on.
Social Media in the 90's
There wasn't actually any social media in the 90's. The most a person had back then was AOL instant messenger but, that was about it (as far as I know).
Internet Connections in the 21st Century
In this time most everything is a wireless connection. You don't have to do anything to go on the internet, just open your computer and that's it.
Internet Connections in the 90's
Back then wireless didn't exist. You had to use a dial up connection to get online. It made this annoying sound, plus it tied up the phone lines because it was using your phone lines to get you
online. It was work.
Movies, Books & Music:
Getting Movies, Books & Music in the 21st Century
In this decade everything is literally at your fingertips and if you want something, all you do is press a button then instantly you get what you want.
Movies: If you want a movie you go to Netflix or Hulu or any other site where you can get movies and T.V. shows from. You click on what you want, then boom you got it. You don't even have to leave the house.
Books: If you want a book you can go to any site where you can get books from and download it to your tablet or whatever device you have, then instantly you have a book. You don't even have to turn the page.
Music: If you want music you go to the iTunes store or any other place you can download music from, then instantly you have your music. Again, you don't even have to leave your house.
Getting Movies,Books& Music in the 90'sIn the 90's nothing was ever readily available and handed to you on a sliver platter, you actually had to leave your house and put in the effort to get the thing you wanted.
Movies: In the 90's if you wanted to watch a movie you had to go to the video store and rent one. Then return it back to the store when you were done with it.
Books: In the 90's if you wanted a book you either went to the bookstore and bought it or you went to the library to borrow one. Then when you were done with the book you took it back to the library.
Music: If you wanted a vinyl record or audio cassette tape or CD , you went to the music store to get one of those three things. You had to look around the store to find what you wanted.
That's how you did things in the 90's
I know technology advancements can be a good thing, especially where medicine and other important things are concerned. However, it can also be a bad thing. When everything is so easily accessible to you without any effort, why wouldn't you think all of life is that way?
I like the simpler times because things were good and not complicated. That's why I'll always love the 90's it brought simplicity.