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I Knew Life Before The Internet

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    Life Before Google

    The internet came out around the time I was in college. For my one (much dreaded but required) public speaking course, I had an assignment to prepare a speech using the internet as the sole source of research. The topic I had chosen was "lucid dreams", and so I searched for lucid...
    Fallflower Fallflower 36-40, F 5 Responses Feb 7, 2013

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    TheWanderingSupertramp TheWanderingSupertramp 22-25, M Oct 12, 2011

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    I Knew Life Before Tv.

    I remember when we had to wind up the record player with a crank on the side of the cabinet.
    Serenitree Serenitree 70+, F Oct 16, 2012

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    Antisocial

    I didn't interact with people as much before. I always had my nose in a book. When I was in school, then later whenever I had a break at work, I was reading. I ignored everyone because, to be honest, people scared the hell out of me. When I finally got a computer and figured out...
    TigersEyeAndTurquoise TigersEyeAndTurquoise 70+, F Aug 14, 2013

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    Not Really, Cus I'm Young But

    it was probably boringgggggggggggg as ****.
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick 70+, F 2 Responses Oct 12, 2011

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    I remember life before the internet.....when people used to wait anxiously for mails at their doors, where most playgrounds were full of kids playing, where most people are able to...
    sexydivide sexydivide 36-40, F 7 Responses Mar 23

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    I sure do and it was cool but life with the Internet is amazing .. It's good and bad sure but it all in how you spend your time on the Internet .. It can make you feel close to...
    Prettibrowngirl Prettibrowngirl 70+, F 4 Responses Mar 26

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    I was born in 1974. I am part of that first generation to grow up on computer usage. That first generation for whom having a computer in the home was like having a refrigerator...
    lovingone lovingone 36-40, F 4 Responses Apr 4

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    Who remembers Stan Freeberg? Also remembered as "Cecil, the Sea Sick Sea Serpent"? He went to the great comedian in the sky. Guess I'll have to call "John & Marsha" and tell them...
    rfrr56 rfrr56 70+, M 4 Responses Apr 8

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    Omg lol is things like this that makes me hate the internet sometimes lol this is enough internet for the day! XD
    IsMyStory IsMyStory 16-17, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I only encountered computing rather late in the day never mind the internet so much of life was based in things like diaries, scheduled phone calls, writing letters to friends and...
    Joanne0chan Joanne0chan 31-35, F 5 Responses Mar 21

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    i really do remember my life without the internet :) playing in our yard with my sisters, biking.. i was a very active child. I also had this toy called Viewmaster and some films...
    missanonymouz missanonymouz 26-30, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    Okay, this is for the younger people. When you keep talking and saying the same thing all the time, do you know what is meant when some tells you that you sound like a broken...
    rfrr56 rfrr56 70+, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    Ive noticed the less time i spend online the happier i feel and more productive i am and relaxed less tense it's nice..
    simpleandpossible simpleandpossible 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 22

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    I'm getting tired of being obligated to use this machine on a daily basis.
    Interpersonal Interpersonal 16-17, M Apr 1

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    I don't understand why people born after... let's say 1995? when AOL really started to take off list this as an experience.
    Matt60053 Matt60053 36-40, M 8 Responses Apr 1

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    I have such fond memories of reading a book and having no knowledge of future headaches caused by technology! ;) For example, my health insurance company being hacked...and them...
    sevenyellowdice sevenyellowdice 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    Those days when everything was so much similar... 🙌
    CatWomen21 CatWomen21 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    Found a site you can type in any link and find out what it looked like back to the 90's! AOL 3.0! Check out the experience project in 06' http://archive.org/web/
    NewBeginnings5 NewBeginnings5 26-30 1 Response Apr 10

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    Does anybody remember having a watch that actually had to be wound? And all it did was tell you the time? No date, day, pedometer, etc. Every morning when you get up to go to...
    rfrr56 rfrr56 70+, M 8 Responses 6 days ago

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    The concert... The bullying... The endless waiting... At the movies with a friend... The bicycle... My confused hand-writing... My loneliness... The type-writer that I got from my...
    Clothed Clothed 41-45, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    I have lived a very sober life with no much loaded tensions in my life. I am married for last 2 years & my life has changed. I am married to a huge family which comes with lot of...
    MYLIFEMYVIEW180 MYLIFEMYVIEW180 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 25

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    I wish I could give what's left of my life source, to someone in need of more of it, to make them fully complete. Someone sick dying of Cancer.Someone poor down and out just...
    AfanOfbigNaturals AfanOfbigNaturals 46-50, M Mar 31

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    My internet friend killed himself 2 years ago.. I still miss him and I hate myself bc I didn't even stop him.. His last words were " I'm in love with you since day one".. I feel so...
    OfMiceAndKaylinn OfMiceAndKaylinn 16-17, F 5 Responses 23 hrs ago

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    I hate it when i want to post something and internet connection got cut
    Aaaashton Aaaashton 22-25, F 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    I'm living through all this hurt and pain, This is my story... I was a woman trapped in an infant's body, Four years past my birth, I experienced feelings a mature or married...
    ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT 26-30, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    Was driving my kids to church today and as usual, I have my retro CD on in the car. I had my almost three year old siting in the front strapped in his car seat. Sunshine by...
    AthenaJones AthenaJones 36-40, F 4 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    My internet is quite slow and frequently drops out.
    sroonaka616 sroonaka616 18-21 9 hrs ago

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    I always put everyone else's happiness before my own, and I think that's why I'm breaking now, because I let people tease me and make fun of me and push me around my whole life...
    ozziegirl88 ozziegirl88 13-15, F 5 hrs ago

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    About three months ago I met my best friend on the internet though a mutual friend we both knew in real life. she lived in CT I live in Minnesota. We talk everyday and video chat...
    sorryimbenji sorryimbenji 13-15, F Apr 6

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    I received a letter from the Calgary City police about 2 days after I returned home from my over night stay at the hospital. They said they were now in possession of all my...
    paganknight72 paganknight72 41-45, M Mar 23

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    i met one of my best friends on the internet. we can literally tell each other anything and weve helped each other out of some very bad places before. i've known her for almost two...
    panicatthediscofficial panicatthediscofficial 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 4

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    Internet communication was something new to me about an year ago...I always used internet but not its ability to connect you with other people. Now I think that it might be...
    rockstin87 rockstin87 26-30, M Apr 6

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    Over time simple has become more complicated, With much advancement in technology we are becoming more lonelier than before or may be more selfish is the better word. With...
    zforeword zforeword 41-45, M a week ago

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    I have been reading a lot about LOA- Law of Attraction and EFT- Emotional Freedom Techniques. Both talks about getting clear about what you want and to write it down. I've bee...
    aniave aniave 31-35, F Apr 5

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    I like people that that don't touch my computer. touching my computer really feels like a major crime to me. I bought it, I paid for it, and I've worked hard to protect my mental...
    okay62 okay62 70+, F Mar 23

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    March 19, 2015 Abortion Abortion provider: There’s more to abortion than ‘blood and tissue’ By Sarah Terzo Merle Hoffman Merle Hoffman Merle Hoffman is the founder and...
    jopava jopava 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 19

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    Well I have been asked to share another adventure with you. So this one is my Put-In-Bay Ohio story. The year was 2012 and it was early summer and a friend in the ARMY national...
    tornsin tornsin 31-35, M 2 Responses Mar 26

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    God is great he made us as a human. Gave us brain to think made inventors doctors and many many more. This life is beautiful we make is good bad & awesome it all depends on what we...
    Lostmyselfinpain Lostmyselfinpain 26-30, M 10 hrs ago

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    I believe their are good people that you can't find them in a real life,so sometimes we have to trust the internet friends because they come with the new things into your life...
    abusammy abusammy 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 20

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    I used to be REALLY shy when I was younger...but have grown more...extroverted (thought not a lot) as I have gotten older. Yet I still find that I can say more things & do more...
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 26

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