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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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    Remember having to pull out the phone book to

    order pizza? Or to call ANYONE for that matter who's number you didn't have committed to memory? ( If you were also around during that time before speed dial). Or, the only photo you'd have of your secret high school crush was their photo in the yearbook?
    redjunior redjunior 36-40, F 5 Responses Oct 17

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    Lovethebump Lovethebump 26-30, M 5 Responses Oct 9

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    I miss everything! Lightening Bugs,

    Bon fires, sweet tea, wading in the dark
    militarymom1364 militarymom1364 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 3

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    I miss seeing people without their faces in

    devices. I have an entire closet of board games that never get played anymore. No one wants to put together the puzzles anymore. How sad that we're becoming the people in the movie Walle, faces focused on a screen missing the world around them. We're at the beginning of the...
    JJjenniejones JJjenniejones 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 7

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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 the Internet. :p
    Rayven1997 Rayven1997 16-17, F 6 Responses Aug 2

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    Internet came into my life right around the time

    when children try to run away from their imaginations and try to be more grown up. I wonder what my teenage years would have been like if the internet wasn't introduced to the general public so early.
    dreamingoptimist dreamingoptimist 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Who would hang with this nagging stalking

    Internet trash who gossips on internet 24 hours a day......
    neverswingwithbitches neverswingwithbitches 51-55, F 3 Responses Nov 7

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    It was better back then.

    Everyone had to talk face to face or over the telephone, none of this snapchat, webcam, social networking websites crap. Where all anyone ever does is stare at a screen ,or take 'selfies to post on wherever it is they post them. Where having a group conversation meant sitting at...
    Anth9012 Anth9012 22-25, M 4 Responses Oct 12

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    Seriously, we use to have hockey talkies all

    the town on sleep overs, and our Dsi's in sleep overs when you put it under the sheets and lower your brightness to not get in trouble .. *sigh* and that wasn't so long ago too.. Time flies..
    marebare303 marebare303 13-15, F 5 Responses 6 days 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 seemingly without any consequence for what they can or cant say. I feel todays society really struggles with conflict resolution and...
    KarlPirrottina KarlPirrottina 36-40, M 3 Responses Aug 13

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    I remember life before the internet.

    I remember life before mobile phones. Things were much simpler but more complicated at the same time. I would hang out with my friends and then spend the evening on the house phone talking to them (cable stretched under the living room door so I could sit in the hall) If I...
    Redandgrey Redandgrey 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 10

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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 9 Responses Nov 27

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    I can also remember only having several

    channels on the TV (UK). Simple times.
    Scaroth Scaroth 22-25, M Nov 30

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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's amazing to live like that. It's the real life I'm looking but nowadays it's hard to find it. I used to go around my town walking...
    officialwanderer officialwanderer 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 3

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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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    I quit Facebook, now I'm thinkin social media

    in general is not for me anymore. It's more of a habit that doesn't really bring anyone closer. I'm takin it old school!
    SettlerNoMore SettlerNoMore 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 22

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    The early internet was differently used.

    With no pics and few local people, I found a world of friends where age, looks and location weren't important. We opened our hearts to strangers without fear. 15+ yrs later, I still have some of these friends, even some in person. The importance of that experience in my life is...
    maahc maahc 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 13

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    I used to dance and play with my sisters.

    I was very active and happy. Miss those days...
    NaNaJene NaNaJene 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 28

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    Today I think I did something I've not really

    done before. I posted to one of the stories about belief or lack of belief. What I said there, and a few other things got me thinking. Call me old-fashioned, but I still listen to the radio. I don't watch tv much, simply because I find the quality of news and discussion on the...
    sometimeslonelytoo sometimeslonelytoo 41-45, M 2 Responses Nov 26

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    I made a kaleidoscope today!

    Today's the happiest day of my career. I probably have the best job, EVER! Today was a great learning experience. A lot of thins got reiterated, as well. Then I go think of the Internet. So that I can post my experience and spread the joy :)
    mridulaharihar mridulaharihar 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 12

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    And it sucked compared to now.

    -_- I love technology. :3
    InvaderGashloog InvaderGashloog 70+, F 2 Responses Oct 26

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    and it was awesome, I was never home always out

    with friends, getting into all kinds of fun, these days everything is the internet, I totally blame the internet for making me anti social lol
    rememberthesunshyne rememberthesunshyne 51-55, F 2 Responses Dec 11

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    jmmoosey jmmoosey 31-35, M 3 Responses Nov 8

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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 29 Responses Oct 23

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    I think I was like 12

    when we first got one of those old school 90s computers that are real bulky in the back and take up so much space, I can't even remember why we got a computer, but I do know that as soon as we got it, it was "bye bye childhood". I remember before there was a computer or...
    beccaishere89 beccaishere89 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 23

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    And I remember the first website our tech guy

    showed me. the original yahoo site and he searched van halen. my kids dont understand when I talk about something I didnt know pre-internet. they say, "why didnt you google it? "
    SouthernDaisy SouthernDaisy 41-45, F 2 Responses Nov 5

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    I remember back when kids

    and teenagers actually interacted with each other, by talking to each other face to face and by playing games like hide n' seek. But now that everything is all about technology and social media, we can't help but submit to it. It helps us express ourselves and helps us overcome...
    TheTshirt TheTshirt 18-21, M 14 Responses Jul 12

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    insecureugly insecureugly 18-21, T Dec 7

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    in years gone by, people actually had a life!

    ! these days, so many people (not all) have a life that consists of working, and then any other time, either sitting on the internet or watching tv. only leaving home when they absolutely need to, like going food shopping etc!! people don't go out shopping for anything else cos...
    cowshed123 cowshed123 31-35, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I remember playing first person perspective

    games on the Commodore 64 and not being called *F*, Dipshit, or any number of other names because there was not an online community of trolls or *privelaged kids*.
    djjak djjak 36-40, M 2 Responses Dec 1

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    I was working on a Nat (network address

    translation) lab in IT class today...NAT exists to address the shortage of IPV4 address because of the unpredicted growth of internet usage. (more rambling below) Listening to TJR / Rising Music. I love his music. Drinking a Yuengling black and tan. I was in college in the 8...
    robertsnj robertsnj 46-50, M 2 days ago

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    I sometimes feel that in the 19-20th century

    people were illiterally-literate and now people are literally-illiterate.
    AksharGoyal AksharGoyal 16-17, M 2 Responses Oct 12

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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 36-40, M 8 Responses Nov 30

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    I found this photo today

    and it's spot on :-)Show it to someone next time they reproach you for using your smartphone too much ;-)You are being as antisocial as they were in the 1900s :-)http://goo.gl/TQ6VPn 
    TheFieryWoman TheFieryWoman 36-40, F 5 Responses Jun 12

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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 destructive it could be. We were all young and so naive to be spouting so much personal info about ourselves right across the internet. It made...
    fullen fullen 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 23

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    I miss life before the internet.

    You can have a room full of people, but none of them will talk or interact because they're all on computers or phones. Kids don't go outside anymore, they just stare at one screen or another. The brainwashing is so thorough...it's nearly impossible to find youth in America who...
    Oaktreeacorn Oaktreeacorn 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 26

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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 the latest tweet or who posts the last story or what is currently demanding attention news.. you just hang out! filled with fun and laughter! who...
    remydodol remydodol 36-40, F 11 Responses Aug 7

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    elKraken elKraken 70+ 4 Responses Nov 14

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    This is just based on my Opinion

    but to me, I'm basing what I am saying on the Obvious. I was born in the 90's so I grew up with the Internet being born but I was not surrounded by it nor was I interested. I really started to use the internet when I was around 11/12 years old, using MSN. Now it's global and...
    MisssValentine MisssValentine 18-21, F 9 Responses Oct 14

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    It was so simple and there is something

    so beautiful and calming about simplicity.
    Xo12345 Xo12345 18-21, F 8 Responses Aug 15

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    I was way before the internet,

    When Saturday came around we packed our fishing poles and 22 rifles and headed to the small pond about 4 mile. We walked there and fished and played all day long. We didn't catch much fish but we shot all the 22's we brought. when the sun was 4 fingers low we headed home. and...
    hoganhopper hoganhopper 51-55 3 Responses Dec 7

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    It was a barren, desolate land filled with

    murderous thieves and hungry cannibals... It's a place I wish I never have to see again
    AreYouDaft25 AreYouDaft25 31-35, M 4 Responses Oct 26

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    Kids would actually go outside

    and play. I would always leave my house around 9am, hangout with friends, go bike riding, arcades, play basketball, go to a burger joint nearby, liquor stores, go swimming, and wont be back home until 8pm. Good old days!
    ownfrnchseplaya ownfrnchseplaya 26-30, M Nov 5

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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...
    BeyondIllusions BeyondIllusions 56-60, F 25 Responses Oct 6

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    gypsybelle gypsybelle 41-45, F 38 Responses Sep 5

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    RedPowerRangerJoJo RedPowerRangerJoJo 16-17, M 15 Responses Jul 17

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    How important is money

    or being rich to you?
    bleedingpanda bleedingpanda 13-15, M 10 Responses Nov 11

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    john1818 john1818 18-21, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I Remember It Fondly....

    Remember when we would wake up on Saturday mornings, excited to watch cartoons because that was the only day we got them?? ....and we actually ate our food WITHOUT taking pictures of it for Instagram?? ....and we had never heard of such a thing as 'duck-face'??? ...and we partied...
    Babydoll42 Babydoll42 41-45, F 84 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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    I was born in July 1969

    and am a Cancer. I definitely remember life before the Internet. When the computer to the open market it surely helped me with homework, researching of topics, and messing around on the net with friends. As an employee and mom today, I use my computers at work and doing...
    gloriahughes gloriahughes 41-45, F 7 Responses Oct 31

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    i remember using computers with green screens

    and those huge floppy disks. i remember when if you wanted to talk to someone you actually had to call them and if you wanted to write to them you had to send it by mail. when there was no such thing as emails, and web pages and search engines. Don't get me wrong, i love the...
    TheWickedJester TheWickedJester 26-30, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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