50 things getting killed by the Internet

The Internet has been touted as one of the most useful tool for the last two decades, and has had a huge impact on our lives, but along with its benefits, the World Wide Web has also had some negative impacts on people...

| Updated on: Sep 05 2009, 18:58 IST

While tasks that once took days can be completed in seconds, traditions and skills that emerged over centuries have become redundant.

The Telegraph has compiled a list of 50 things that are in the process of being killed off by the web and other tools of modern communication, from products and business models to life experiences and habits.

These things are:

1. The art of polite disagreement
2. Fear that you are the only person unmoved by a celebrity''s death
3. Listening to an album all the way through
4. Sarah Palin
5. Punctuality
6. Ceefax/Teletext
7. Adolescent nerves at first porn purchase
8. Telephone directories
9. The myth of cat intelligence
10. Watches
11. Music stores
12. Letter writing/pen pals
13. Memory
14. Dead time
15. Photo albums and slide shows
16. Hoaxes and conspiracy theories
17. Watching television together
18. Authoritative reference works
19. The Innovations catalogue
20. Order forms in the back pages of books
21. Delayed knowledge of sporting results
22. Enforceable copyright
23. Reading telegrams at weddings
24. Dogging
25. Aren''t they dead? Aren''t they gay?
26. Holiday news ignorance
27. Knowing telephone numbers off by heart
28. Respect for doctors and other professionals
29. The mystery of foreign languages
30. Geographical knowledge
31. Privacy
32. Chuck Norris''s reputation
33. Pencil cricket
34. Mainstream media
35. Concentration
36. Mr Alifi
37. Personal reinvention
38. Viktor Yanukovych
39. The insurance ring-round
40. Undiscovered artists
41. The usefulness of reference pages at the front of diaries
42. The nervous thrill of the reunion
43. Solitaire
44. Trust in Nigerian businessmen and princes
45. Prostitute calling cards/ kerb crawling
46. Staggered product/film releases
47. Footnotes
48. Grand National trips to the bookmaker
49. Fanzines
50. Your lunchbreak

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First Published Date: 05 Sep, 17:34 IST
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