As someone who lived through it
Posted by Matt on June 25, 2020, 8:12 pm, in reply to "Re: Yeah,
Around 1983 - 1996 the changes were't that great. Other than '80s vs. '90s fashion, hair and music, things really weren't that different. Why choose 1983? Because there was a degree of change between 1980 and that year, IMO. By 1983, lots of people had home computers, video game consoles, VCRs, cable TV, microwaves and answering machines, whereas in 1980,very few people had all of these things. And in 1996, other than the advent of the CD, graphics on games getting better and a few technological advancements, things weren't really all *that* different. But starting toward the end of 1996, we started seeing more big changes.
Late 1996 was when the internet really became a thing, and it exploded in 1997. By 1997, cell phones were becoming a normal consumer item (and were completely ubiquitous by decade's end. DVDs started becoming mainstream. The internet and cell phones led to the big changes of the next era, which would go from 1997 to the financial crisis, IMO. 2010 (smartphone-era) changed everything again. The magnitude of change from 1996 to now is staggering, IMO.