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Not everything we've lost to the internet has been bad — or good — for us

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Plenty of technologies that were once part of our day-to-day lives are now obsolete, for better or for worse.

The editor of The New York Times Book Review on the ideas, technology and life experiences eliminated by the internet age.

The rolodex, fax machines and cassettes are just a few of the things that might come to mind that are no longer of practical use to most of the population. But, it's not just about the physical items.

In her new book, "100 Things We've Lost To The Internet," Pamela Paul thinks the ease with which we can now find any information we might need is something that, while convenient, feels a little too easy.

"One of the things I miss is trying to figure out who that actor is. You're like, is it David Paymer or Dan Hedaya? Now, you pick up your 'portable internet,' you Google it down, and then you see every single thing they've ever been in, and it's extremely satisfying and also a little disappointing," she explains.

Paul believes that with the remarkably fast evolution of technology that we've seen in the last 20 years, people of all ages — even those who grew up in the digital age — are having a difficult time adjusting.

"We have not had a long time as human beings, you know, just physically and emotionally, to catch up with all of the change that has come at us," says Paul. "Whether you're 15 or 80, it feels hard to deal with so much information... so much, sort of, emotional stimulus, at the same time."

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