I Can Remember Times Before Cell Phones, Internet And Email

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    I didn't really grow up with mobiles

    or internet when I was a child. I first used the internet in 2007 When I was 13 and I got my first phone in 2009 (but never used phones much until 2014) and started using email a year later (2010). My life was better without it, I wasn't fat and lazy, I was very active, I miss...
    Dreamprojector Dreamprojector
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Apr 20, 2015

    How did my mother ALWAYS know

    where I was and when i was up to no good??
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Feb 1, 2016
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jul 25, 2015

    im not old. but at one point electronic use

    didn't take up a big portion of my day. i would always go on adventures outside. walk miles. hide and seek over a big area, ride the bus to get places just for fun. etc.
    cupofteeee cupofteeee
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Oct 9, 2015
    anasteel2 anasteel2
    46-50, F
    Sep 17, 2014

    Makes me think back to

    when payphones existed!
    wally749 wally749
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jul 26, 2015

    And wasn't it a more innocuous time!

    Liken their use to living in a city as opposed to small village - you should know more people, but you have less friends!
    PeterSp8 PeterSp8
    46-50, M
    May 26, 2015

    There used to a time

    when you didn't know who was calling before you picked up the tethered phone. You did know it was either family or friends because that was pre telemarketers or bill collectors. I would run to answer the phone, so excited. Now even if it's a friend, I vacillate between...
    rottenrobi rottenrobi
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Dec 12, 2015

    Not only that, but I remember how it would take

    4-6 weeks to mail order something. These days people freak out if it takes longer than a week when ordered from online.
    Mossonarock Mossonarock
    46-50, M
    Dec 28, 2015

    My usual morning routine is to get a good coffee

    and drive anywhere, to the park or just down the highway. Here I am on this day, now 3 miles away from home and I pat my pocket, where I always have my cell phone. Oh no, I realize I left it at home. A sudden panic comes over me. What if something were to happen? Then I think...
    liketohaveyou liketohaveyou
    56-60, M
    1 Response Oct 9, 2015

    I remember when therre was no mobile phones

    so if you went out no one could contact you until you got home
    thebigdoctor61 thebigdoctor61
    66-70, M
    3 Responses Jan 3, 2016
    CODECRACKER2014 CODECRACKER2014
    41-45, M
    Mar 3, 2016

    Man these were the good times too!

    Infected we are as a society. I walk by security room at work with 5 deep in there. All of them with their heads buried into their cell phones is 1 weird af scene I see often. We are pulling away from each other further& faster than ever.
    Sugasug Sugasug
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Aug 14, 2015

    How come society makes us feel bad

    for thinking out the box when all the time it's made up to control us. Come play at secreterotica . com it's sexy, fun the groups and library are wicked and no BS censorship either.
    YouKnowItMakesSense YouKnowItMakesSense
    31-35, M
    Nov 28, 2014
    talkurbation talkurbation
    66-70, M
    1 Response Aug 13, 2015

    Yeah... I remember when those didn't exist.

    . I did everything by hand when I wrote my stories or wrote in a journal. I was the last member of the family to own a computer. I hated pay phones because I couldn't hear out of them too well and only used them for emergencies. But I am glad computers, cell phones, and...
    noaht43 noaht43
    46-50, T
    Jul 26, 2015

    But that doesn't necessarily mean I miss them,

    heh. One thing I do miss, however, is how much more involved people tended to be. It's like the internet has broadened out contacts but diluted our capacity to interact with each of those contacts in a meaningful way.
    RobertBetrois RobertBetrois
    36-40, M
    1 Response Sep 17, 2014
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Apr 30, 2015

    How on earth did we survive not having instant

    gratification? It was a better time, you could actually have a conversation with someone and they weren't looking at their phone every 10 seconds. Every other person on the road didn't have a phone to their ear or looking at their phone instead of the road. Sure these things...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Jan 13, 2016

    I love so many things about advancing

    technology, and I take advantage of it every day. Still, there are times when I long for those simpler days when we had to wait for things. We had to send letters and wait. Or wait for one day in a week to use expensive long distance for phone calls. We weren't so instantly...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    5 Responses Nov 20, 2015

    I remember way back when,

    when most people didn't have internet. Cell phones was these big brick looking things. There is times I miss those days. People interacted with each other a bit more. Now mostly all I see is people typing on their cell phone or tablets. :(
    vovine123 vovine123
    46-50, M
    1 Response Aug 25, 2015

    It's strange to realize

    that I remember those things becoming available-from begging parents for the super long phone cord so I could have private conversations in the hallway to the wonderful cordless phones to cell phones. Being able to log on via dial up (horrid, horrid noise that was!) to all...
    lovehonestly lovehonestly
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Dec 27, 2015

    I am slow at adopting technology

    and only use it when it actually suits me. I like the Internet because I am a knowledge hound, and email allows me efficient access to people, but honestly, I hate cell phones. It is bad enough that people will stand at a register texting while interacting with a cashier, but...
    65Cadillac 65Cadillac
    46-50, M
    Jul 25, 2015
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Mar 3, 2016
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