Corey asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 years ago

Why do so many people stock up on food and water and supplies when they thought Y2K was going to happen?

The fear of Y2K was that people thought that all computers would crashed from the computers having a problem with the date when it turned "2000".

So a lot of people were acting like a apocalypse was going to happen from Y2K.

But wouldn't Y2K have been nothing, but just having all the computers not work properly? So were people just overacting when they bought all the water and food and supplies?

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  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    2 years ago
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    They weren't overacting - they were over-reacting. Entirely different things!

    They've been predicting the end of the world, anarchy, breakdown of civilisation, etc, every few weeks for 2,000 years.

    People can be really stupid.

    One person panics, a few others join in and before you know it, there are thousands of people in a flap.

  • .
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    They expected that something that had never happened before would happen.

    It was an unprecedented occurrence.

    The conservative side kicked in.

    Money managers in positions of responsibility wanted to assure the people that their money was safe, but they could not in full conscience do so.

  • 2 years ago

    Why DID, not Why "do". If their belief that the computers would "crash" was valid, it would have meant a total collapse of the banking system, all the power and water utilities, communications, etc. That's why so many people reacted the way they did. Were they "overreacting"? Yes, apparently, but it seemed like a reasonable fear at the time.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Cash registers are computers. Gas pumps are computers. Credit card terminals are computers. ATM machines are computers. Prescription labels are made by computers and medical records are computerized. Utilities like electricity and water are controlled by computers.

    With a widespread computer outage, people would not be able to buy things like gas, food and medication; and their access to basic utilities may be compromised too.

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