An old BBC News report left people shaken (Photo: BBC)

A The BBC News report from more than 20 years ago left many people commenting that they wanted to know what was coming next.

In 2001, the national broadcaster aired a report on the launch of camera phones, which, as the anchor explained, allowed users to not only send texts, but also photos.

The report then showed videos of schoolchildren on their cell phones at the school gates, with the reporter commenting that “evidence of a texting craze was everywhere”.

“Phone makers never expected this to take off. It was the teenagers who decided this was the way to stay in touch,” he said.

Speaking to some teenagers who revealed that they were sending what at the time seemed like 15 to 20 messages a day, it was then revealed that the industry was “desperate for a new gimmick” due to low cell phone sales.

A demonstration of a Nokia with a camera was then shown to viewers, with the reporter seen taking some photos outside Buckingham Palace before an expert spoke about advances in technology.

The first commercial color camera phone was the Kyocera Visual Phone VP-210, released in Japan in May 1999.

Despite the uncertainty about acceptance in the BBC report, cameras on phones proved popular from the start, as indicated by J-Phone in Japan, which had more than half of its subscribers using mobile phone cameras in two years.

The world soon followed, and in 2003, more camera phones were sold worldwide than standalone digital cameras.

In 2001, camera phones and the 'texting craze' were just beginning, report said

In 2001, the 'texting craze' was just beginning (Photo: BBC)

But after the old report was shared on social media this week, many people said they wished they hadn't gotten so caught up in the constantly developing technology.

'Ugh, I hate this. I was from that generation, I got my first cell phone as a teenager. I had the Nokia and then the Razr. Now I keep my iPhone on Do Not Disturb 24/7. Good luck receiving a message from me. Never”, Simona commented on the post.

“The times were much simpler, much better. I would absolutely hate growing up in today's world,” shared Lucy Berger.

'I remember the days when only home phones or the phone booth were used. Life was calmer back then,” Terri recalled.

BBC News report showing a journalist learning how camera phones work

The reporter saw how camera phones worked (Photo: BBC)

Scott added: 'Inventing this stuff was the biggest mistake in human history!'

However, a few others recalled their first experience with cell phones, with one joking that they were “broken” because they could only send 10 text messages a day.

Another commented: 'Man I remember the excitement over cameras on phones. I mean cameras! On the phones!

But as someone pointed out: “People complained then, people complain now, people will complain in the future. 15 years from now, when everyone wears their Apple Vision contact lenses, they will complain when something “new” comes out and say “they should have kept smartphones.”

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