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How did the impact of new technology influence the people in the 1920s?

The impact of new technology influenced the people in the 1920s by allowing people to be more connected, increasing the speed of transportation, and providing entertainment.

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In the wake of World War I, technology made life faster and connected more people than ever before. Cars made travel easier, especially over long distances, compared to horses and carts. Cars also had social implications: unmarried couples went on dates in cars and were allowed to roam unsupervised, unlike the old days when a chaperone was expected to be present to prevent anything inappropriate from occurring. As a result, cars became associated with freedom and recklessness. Commercial airline travel, which had started in the 1910s, began to become more prominent in the 1920s as well.

Movies and radio also boomed during this decade. From the 1890s onward, people had more leisure time than ever before, and these were two new forms of entertainment that left the world spellbound. Movies, particularly Hollywood films, allowed consumers vicarious escape into glamorous fantasy worlds of romance and adventure. Movie stars such as Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, and Clara Bow influenced...

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