Before We Went Online


The internet is a wonderful thing. It allows us to access limitless amount of information within seconds. It is so integrated into our lives that many of us cannot imagine a world without it. But what was life like before the internet took over? We examine how the internet has impacted our lives and changed the way we do things.

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Finding Out Information Wasn’t As Easy

Before the internet, if you wanted to find out information you would need to read the local newspaper, watch the news or go to your library. Students today will never understand the struggle of having to visit their local library to research information for their assignments and projects. Wikipedia and the internet ended up killing the infamous encyclopaedia.

Cassettes, VHS, and CD’s Reigned Supreme

Today you can find any song, TV show or movie online. Streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix have killed and changed industries. Companies like Video Ezy and Blockbuster were some of the unfortunate causalities of the internet. 

Travelling Somewhere New? Paper Maps Were Your Only Way of Navigating

Before we had GPS on our phones, a paper map was the only resource you had for navigating to a new location. If you were lucky, you may have had a Navman or TomTom GPS but the internet and other developments in technology quickly made these devices obsolete.  

Communication Was Limited

If you want to talk with someone today, you have plenty of options available to you. There are a number of instant messaging applications available on the market. However, before things like email, WhatsApp or Skype were invented your options were pretty limited. Your landline phone was your only way of getting in touch with friends and family – either that or good old fashioned snail mail.

Online Shopping Has Changed the Way We Buy

The internet has completely changed the way we buy things. You can find anything online from clothes, to shoes, to electronics or even groceries. This is all available through a click of a button and delivered to your front door. Before the internet, consumers almost always had to drive to a retail store to purchase a desired product, or else order it over the phone. Consumers today have more options available to them than ever before. 

Compare Broadband Providers NZ Wide with Glimp

On average, we spend about 22 hours online every week. That’s a lot of data being used! So whether you are streaming your favourite TV show or shopping till your heart’s content, you are going to need to make sure you have enough data available through your broadband plan. Glimp has a free online tool to help Kiwis compare broadband providers NZ wide. Compare prices and find the best deals in your area.