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I Knew Life Before The Internet

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    TheWanderingSupertramp TheWanderingSupertramp 22-25, M Oct 12, 2011

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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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    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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    Not Really, Cus I'm Young But

    it was probably boringgggggggggggg as ****.
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 12, 2011

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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...
    Dyssey Dyssey 70+, F Aug 14, 2013

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    oh yes of course! well, life before internet...yeah simple topic I remember very well! I used to... and then... ehm.... -.- No, ****, life before internet DOESN'T exist! lol...
    Enjoyyourlife Enjoyyourlife 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 7

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    Life before the internet was great, I just didn't know it at the time. It was so simple. I was in high school when social media became the 'in' thing. I wish I knew how...
    fullen fullen 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 23

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    Well, not life before the internet exactly, but I remember life before I had internet :) I only got internet and television when I was 12. Before that, the library was my best...
    Oasisdawn3 Oasisdawn3 18-21, F 6 Responses Jul 26

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    I wish we had internet when I was younger. There is so much knowledge being shared online (too bad there is also tons of crap). It's also a wonderful thing to be able to connect...
    Krist0f Krist0f 41-45, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Life before the Internet? Hell, I can remember before there was Colour Telly!!!!
    Riffster Riffster 51-55, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I even remember life before answering machines. I'm talking the way back time. You'd call someone and they would be out living their life and...the phone would just ring. If it...
    ImpishToad ImpishToad 41-45, F 5 Responses Aug 3

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    Had this conversation with someone at work a week ago. We where talking about being plugged in and the internet and all the gadgets that access the internet. His said "I can't...
    galdran galdran 36-40, M 2 Responses Aug 9

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    It was a life that is worth living. I get to play with friends without even taking pictures for Instagram or blogs and even facebook but the memories will surely be in my heart. It...
    officialwanderer officialwanderer 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 3

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    Oh I just hate saying this. I remember when....it's bullshit. We all love our little smarty phones and tablets. Imagine picking up a ginormous map while driving! Or waiting for...
    ImFoolish ImFoolish 41-45, F 3 Responses Jul 31

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    I remember building cubby houses out of sticks and gum nuts were money for good sticks kept us entertained for hours...or talking about how the world began..sleeping on my best...
    wherethewildthingswere wherethewildthingswere 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I find in some ways how using the internet has become such an essential thing it seems, or at least a most convenient thing, is a bit like how I found life changing when I learned...
    sometimeslonelytoo sometimeslonelytoo 41-45, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I remember when we had dial up and how it made that annoying noise! The Internet has changed so much in the past decade it's crazy!
    tsg96 tsg96 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 29

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    I remember waiting by the mailbox for the postman when I was a kid. I belonged to the weekly reader book club. Every week during the summer I would get a book in the mail. Green...
    smokethis smokethis 51-55, M 4 Responses Jul 30

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    I do..even though I was a little kid. I remember my parents carrying around those gigantic cell phones. And watching tapes instead of DVDs. I miss those times. But I am addicted to...
    Rayven1997 Rayven1997 16-17, F 6 Responses Aug 2

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    I read a lot back then, books that had the musty library smell. Now with e-reading ,its less enjoyable and the constant flow of IM's via social networks ,email, texts, calls and...
    AnotherAvailableUsername AnotherAvailableUsername 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 29

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    And before smart phones, where you could actually have a conversation with them in person without them looking at some freaking screen tapping away, or taking 'selfies', Just makes...
    Anth9012 Anth9012 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 7

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    I remember how much more life was full of color and now it's just gray and dull 😔
    Nateweezy Nateweezy 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 23

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    Less drama, more interaction with friends and family. Eating at the dinner table. Having more conversations about what happened during the day. It was a simpler way of life.
    honeysuckle23 honeysuckle23 46-50, F 2 Responses Aug 3

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    Back in high school even with Windows 95 and not being interested. I would mostly just be by myself and play Super Nintendo rather than be on the computer. Now, it's Facebook and...
    asert12345678 asert12345678 31-35, M 2 Responses Jul 22

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    I am so happy to have experienced high school, and middle school for that matter, without the presence of smartphones and social media. I feel as though we are the last of our kind...
    Court1eleven Court1eleven 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 23

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    Too much technology! I'm just as guilty as our youth of today. Since when did sitting side by side on our iPhones constitute spending time together? :-/
    PeachMoscato PeachMoscato 31-35, F 4 Responses Jul 23

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    I remember the closest thing we had was a Word Processor. I was AMAZED to see a 'typewriter' that didn't have a carriage and that I was able to make corrections with a cursor !!
    MysticTraveler MysticTraveler 51-55, M 6 Responses Jul 23

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    I was just a liiiiiiiuuuul baby
    eozoe eozoe 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 25

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    Honestly, we all were living without it, the generation over 30 years old. Now i cant live a day without net. I allways check profiles of strangers, im curious about their pics, i...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35, F 4 Responses Jul 29

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    In my youth: Kids write a letter to him/her and giving it to her in school. What i see last days: Kids write a letter to him/her (i was astonished they write on real paper) and...
    plutoniumoxid plutoniumoxid 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 30

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    I remember being able to finish my homework without Google or Wikipedia. Kids now a days are spoiled with search engines...
    RiceBunny55 RiceBunny55 31-35, F 6 Responses Jul 30

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    The friends who are in front of you are the only friends you're with.
    szchwakovpf szchwakovpf 18-21, M Aug 3

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    you meet with your friends to hang out at the designated time and place with no mobile and yet managed to get together fine. no one worries about where their mobile is or what is...
    remydodol remydodol 36-40, F 11 Responses Aug 7

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    When you could have an intelligent conversation/discussion without someone saying either a) let me google that, or b) that's not what it said on xyz.com etc. Google has single...
    killaswfc killaswfc 31-35, M Aug 7

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    Doing homework with using ansiklopedia not wikipedia !
    fauxlady fauxlady 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    It saddens me today that it seems that many of the younger generation knows little about face to face conversation. They are happy to hide behind their computers and phone...
    KarlPirrottina KarlPirrottina 36-40, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    It was so simple and there is something so beautiful and calming about simplicity.
    enza105 enza105 18-21, F 9 Responses 4 days ago

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    A much simpler time. I miss it as I sit here on my smart phone.
    jroadice jroadice 26-30, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    This is my story, i posted in my facebook page. This page is like dead tho, cos i have no friends there, so read it and think about all what i said: I think im leaving for...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 30

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    ssssmills ssssmills 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 3

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    I've saved a life before :)
    MegaGenius MegaGenius 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 31

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    I never wanted to meet Maura. In my limited perfectionist view she was a do gooder. At work she was the head of practically ever "drive" the Post Office could come up with. One...
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