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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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    Talking about phone boxes,

    do any of you remember the old phone boxes where you had to press button A or B and use the old money before decimalisation? I really liked the old money. I twice got an old penny with Queen Victoria's head in my change. I should have kept them, but just spent them :-(
    SarahNorthLondon SarahNorthLondon 61-65, F 3 Responses Jan 2

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    I finished the 5th season of Downton Abbey on

    Netflix aawwww ?? wish I could watch the 6th soon..
    seraphina00 seraphina00 26-30, F a week ago

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    tinman3099 tinman3099 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 18

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    I remember using Encarta Encyclopedia

    before Google for every project and assignment.
    DrLizzyFreud DrLizzyFreud 26-30, F 13 Responses Sep 3, 2015

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    Hahaa, I remember the specific time internet

    was introduced in my family. I was about 8-9 years old. Truly, I liked the life before more. My two brothers and I used to go exploring all over the place and the fun would never die down. The annual kite-flying competition was the most anticipated event at least for me. We...
    trayceetrace trayceetrace 18-21, F Jan 3

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    we had our first computer

    when I was really little. my dads first one came in pieces and he had to literally build it. it wasn't much more than a glorified calculator, lol. by the time I was 7, my little brother and I each had our own Commodore 64s and we're learning to code in basic. . . next came the...
    Llyz Llyz 36-40, F 10 Responses Sep 19, 2015

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    I remembered looking up phone numbers through

    the telephone book. If you wanted to do research you went to the library. If you wanted to chat with your friends, you either called them on the three-way or went to their house. When the bills were do you either paid via check or in person. Wow times have changed.
    purplepas purplepas 41-45, F 10 Responses 3 days ago

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    and I don't think it was possible to explore

    different identities and be different personalities, the way we can do now. I have been several different people on here, and I know some of you are more than one person on here at the same time. Come to think of it, in the past there were some people who lived "double lives...
    FriarJuniper FriarJuniper 61-65, M 2 Responses Jan 16

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    gypsybelle gypsybelle 41-45, F 33 Responses Sep 5, 2014

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    davidschild37 davidschild37 22-25, M 8 Responses 6 days ago

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    Remember waiting for the Wish Books.

    ..Wards...JC Pennys...Sears to come in the mail? Scouring over them for hours...discovering something new on each page? I would turn down the corners of the pages that had the toys and games I most wanted to find under the tree Christmas Morning. On my Santa list I would refer to...
    southerncaviar southerncaviar 56-60, F 10 Responses Sep 28, 2015

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    Remember when........

    A computer was something on TV from a science fiction show of note a window was something you hated to clean and ram was the cousin of a goat Meg was the name of my girlfriend and gig was a job for the nights now they all mean different things and that really mega bytes An...
    LadyHeartnMind LadyHeartnMind 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 29, 2015

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    I grew up in a village

    where there are many kids. We grew up together there and still in touch with each other up to now. When we're young, we will gather together in the afternoon and play street games all day long until evening.. And kids sleep early those days because we're all tired of playing...
    IntrovertMe IntrovertMe 22-25, F 4 Responses Jan 3

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    I finished the 5th season of Downton Abbey on

    Netflix aawwww ?? wish I could watch the 6th soon..
    seraphina00 seraphina00 26-30, F 1 Response a week ago

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    People born in this day

    and age think everything can be handled by Google but before Google and Bing and Ask. We had books filled with vast knowledge.
    CaitTheAvenger CaitTheAvenger 18-21, F 12 Responses Jan 17

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    when people looked up information in books

    called encyclopedias. mail was written long hand and sealed with a kiss to travel three days to the intended reciever and the letter was cherished. movies were exciting because you had to wait till friday night and you would go out or you had to watch the commercials when it was...
    deleted deleted 26-30 15 Responses Jan 8, 2015

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    I remember being like 9

    and turning on my moms huge computer (and it taking FOREVER to turn on) and using paint. lol... Or if I hung out with my friends we actually played in dirt, or went bowling and now I see middle school kids with their selfie sticks and a lot of makeup... I also remember playing...
    vicmo94 vicmo94 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 4, 2015

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    Back then, we didn't ignore people by sticking

    our noses in our phones all the time. I, for one, ignored everyone by sticking my nose in a book.
    Anonomdeplume Anonomdeplume 70+, F 8 Responses Sep 15, 2015

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    There were Fox Mulder

    and Scully. X-files. I heard X-files and those badass two will come back again soon. Is it true??
    rainyrainsky rainyrainsky 26-30, F 14 Responses a week ago

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    My dad is the one that brought residential

    Internet to my state, so yes. I remember the before and after. Also remember working in the industry...
    teadiva teadiva 31-35, F Jan 7

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    Yes, I do! And I'm not trying to sound like

    some cranky person who complains a ton, but I do have to say that the Internet ruined my friendships. Growing up, social interactions developed on the playground. My elementary school realized this, so we had two 1-hour recess sessions a day. We played all sorts of sports and...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 10

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    I remember being in a cafe,

    restaurant or coffee shop and hearing a buzz of conversation. Now I see people mostly looking at their phones. Which is fine, I love my phone. But I always leave it in my car or turn off the ringer and put it in her purse when we go out. When I go out with my young...
    Thisis4fun Thisis4fun 56-60, M 6 Responses Dec 15, 2015

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    I asked my friend who was born in '90

    if she remembered the time before the Internet. She noded, started to imitate the dial in tone and said that was the time when I had to go to the school to get online. It was so funny to see what no Internet means to someone who technically can't remember life without it. :)
    poppingcandyrulez poppingcandyrulez 36-40, F 9 Responses Sep 3, 2015

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    Yes I do! We played solitaire w cards instead

    of the comp game, used the library card catalog, used paper maps instead of Google, had to actually do research w books, more time spent w fam. I could go on and on.......
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Nov 1, 2015

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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, 2015

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    I love the Internet has been a great pastime

    and help over the years but I feel to many of us hind behind it and I've lost to many friends due to not bonding no longer just chatting online instead.
    Leylandlad Leylandlad 36-40, M 1 Response Jan 2

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    Back then it was difficult to get information

    about anything. I wish there was internet when I was in my early teens. Maybe it would have helped me with a lot of things. It would have helped me gain more information about health.
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Sep 24, 2015

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    It was a simpler lifestyle then.

    Growing up without it you didn't know what you were missing. The library was my Google. You used a paper phone book. We were not connected to an electronic device 24-7. We went outside and played as kids instead of playing games online all day. I can't imagine not having the...
    Robin10 Robin10 46-50, F 15 Responses Nov 27, 2014

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    Ahhh... Don't you sometimes wish you could go

    back to the days before the internet, just for a little while?
    1alwaysdreaming 1alwaysdreaming 18-21, F 34 Responses Oct 23, 2014

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    I remember pagers. Lol.

    people communicate in person. children played outside and played board games. girls were girls
    dregina1 dregina1 36-40, F 10 Responses Jun 15, 2015

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    before the internet..

    .people were smarter...we actually learned things instead of thinking that they can be found whenever we needed them then forgotten when the moment passed. schools taught real history, usable math....and typing on a typewriter... (took that class in 1991 by the way.) People...
    bolyami bolyami 41-45, M 7 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    I remember playing outside with kids from our

    street until the street lights came on at 6pm. we'd play games, soccer, chase games, and hang outside with friends riding bikes, hurt ourselves from the fun . family time was spent helping mum hang the clothes outside, swinging around in circles on the clothes line when no one...
    foReverYOURS3211 foReverYOURS3211 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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    Masonicjack Masonicjack 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 27

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    I was born in 1998, I still remember life

    before the Internet. I had a normal childhood. When I was a kid I would play in the woods with my friends, build forts, and sneak to the lake to catch fish with a bucket. I had bratz dolls, barbies and other toys that I was obsessed with, i would spend hours on decorating my...
    KarahXnichole KarahXnichole 16-17, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Life before the internet.

    I was lucky to be one of those kids growing up before most kids had a computer.I actually had a childhood.
    rickjaggers rickjaggers 36-40, M 5 Responses Jan 14

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    Not only before the internet.

    .....also before the monster!!! Yep, the cell phone. I remember those days when we just dropped into anyone's house without thinking if we are welcome or not. The simple reason being that we were always welcome. On the flip side, anyone was welcome to our house. *sigh* Those...
    deleted deleted 26-30 27 Responses Oct 6, 2014

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    I remember when writing a letter

    and using snail mail was the only way to connect to a friend or person overseas; before there were webcams and digital cameras there was Polaroid; before there was video streaming there was the film projector and 35mm slide shows; going outside for recess and playing in the...
    EtTuJudas EtTuJudas 46-50, M 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    I used to read the encyclopedia

    for fun. But now I google. EVERYTHING.
    recalculator recalculator 51-55, F 10 Responses Jul 13, 2015

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    I'm a convert to digital music

    and couldn't do without Spotify now. Streaming music on demand has been around for ages though. Does anyone remember Dial-a-disc? You would phone a number and listen to a record, just one a day, no choice. Most times you would get through half way through and have to listen to...
    oneangryman oneangryman 51-55, M 4 Responses Jan 21

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    Before Amazon: We Had Sears

    and Roebuck: A 3 inch thick catalog (The reason why we would hand write a Christmas card with 5 dollars cash in it for our mailman, every house hold received one of these heavy books) The catalog had everything from perfume to lawnmower's. The order sheet was filled out by hand...
    Wendy630 Wendy630 46-50, F 7 Responses Jan 3

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    My childhood was amazing.

    I spent my free time playing outside with my neighbors. I would play all day until my mom called me inside for dinner. I babysit for two families and it makes me sad that the children are so glued to technology. I try to get them to play outside but they would rather play...
    bawstenbrewin bawstenbrewin 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 10

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    what i remember about life

    before the internet is that my weekends were very lonely,depressing,and boring. i always worked during the week..but when the weekends rolled around, i had nothing to do. the boredom led me to dating men that i wouldnt normally date and putting up with things that i wouldnt...
    welcome2myworld welcome2myworld 41-45, F 5 Responses Aug 30, 2015

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    I can remember life before the Internet kids

    today don't know how easy they have it
    thebigdoctor61 thebigdoctor61 61-65, M 2 Responses Jan 3

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    I miss when people actually met,

    talked, and experienced things in person, rather than through a keyboard.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jun 11, 2015

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    And I also remember the old phones,

    where when you got mad, you could slam the receiver down. End call doesn't do it for me now. I remember playing outside on sunny days, riding my bike down Davis Hill on a double dog dare; it was worth being grounded for a week for ice cream money. I miss those simple, carefree...
    ZenLioness ZenLioness 46-50, F 8 Responses Oct 20, 2015

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