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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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    RedPowerRangerJoJo RedPowerRangerJoJo 16-17, M 15 Responses Jul 17

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    I hate computers. I'm 18 years old,

    yet I find them so complicated. Currently citing an essay, but trying to format on this computer is impossible for me. I'm just about ready to toss this ***** out the back door. #takemeback
    drunkinlove23 drunkinlove23 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 25

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    thr080766 thr080766 46-50, M 10 Responses Sep 15

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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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    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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    We got to experience the real world fully,

    in all its wonder and splendour. And man was I bored.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 26

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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 85 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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    MFeisty MFeisty 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 3

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    The only way to see naked ladies was

    if you could find your dads playboy stash. And forget about ****, the best you could hope for were the 'Friday night specials.'
    colddeck colddeck 36-40, M 4 days ago

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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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    Those were the best days,

    I would actually see people instead of just messaging them!
    mattys1 mattys1 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 3

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    Having to go through a card catalog in the

    school library to find where a book was located. God I hated that .
    theirthere theirthere 26-30, F 5 Responses Sep 28

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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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    p7000 p7000 31-35, M 1 Response Oct 4

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    Life is simple and lots of fun playing with

    real friends and teasing nieghbors ;)
    bing26 bing26 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 1

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    Well I don't go that far back

    but I do remember in elementary school when we didn't even know what the internet was. Oh and I remember when my brother had a pager.
    oness123 oness123 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 9

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    When I was growing up at the age of six I

    started taking piano lessons. At the age of nine had my own paper route delivering 40 papers daily except Sunday. Every house had two doors so instead of throwing like it is customary to do now a days, you placed them between two doors. After school the neighborhood kids all...
    BigRalphie74 BigRalphie74 36-40, M 3 Responses Oct 12

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    gypsybelle gypsybelle 41-45, F 41 Responses Sep 5

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    I think in a lot of ways it was better

    and i miss how people actually stopped and talked to one another. You dont see that as much now a days.  Even in a small town where i live. Its a shame.....
    shinjorai shinjorai 36-40, M 2 Responses Oct 2

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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 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 10

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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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    I remember seeing the Internet in 1991/92

    for the first time. The browser was called Netscape. The 'Internet' was only sites in the university. There were no images. Just text. I didn't think it would catch on. I was wrong. But has the Internet been a good thing or a bad thing?
    princecorum princecorum 51-55, M 6 Responses Oct 5

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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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    I'm 27 and technology is the devil lol not

    really but you get what I'm saying I was baffled when I saw they allow 13-15 year olds on here what ****** experience have you been through? Disneyland? Kinda disappointed about that but back to how people don't know what physical communication is anymore it's truly sad and I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Sep 16

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    I lived with the Amish

    as a kid. I remember life before electricity! ;)
    Jpfunjunky Jpfunjunky 31-35, M 4 Responses Aug 23

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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 15 Responses Jul 12

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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 8 Responses 6 days ago

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    Somke11 Somke11 13-15, M Oct 6

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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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    When you're 50 everyone calls you sir

    or mister. Iv gotten used to it tho. I mean who in there right mind would object when a beautiful woman walks up to you in smiles and says " Hey Mister Doug !" Then gives you the best hug you've had all day !:) I can remember when I thought fifty was old but I sure don't feel...
    wolffive wolffive 51-55, M 3 Responses Oct 4

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    Going through a few of the stories here

    and I can't help but to laugh, especially about the phone book ones and the adult magazine ones!
    euphorian euphorian 16-17, F 2 days ago

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    I remember, before Internet,

    there was this thing called.... Outside, I think. My mom says I loved it, I have no recollection. Here's what I think it looks like.
    KelsMcQ KelsMcQ 22-25, F 5 Responses Jun 6

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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 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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    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 6 Responses 4 days ago

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

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    I live in the middle of nowhere internet wasnt

    really a thing I got into until I was much older because the connection was quite bad It wasnt really worth trying but I am THANKFUL for the access of the internet I have now Without it I would not speak as good English and know the things I know now
    Abusing Abusing 22-25 1 Response Oct 4

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    Well before I discovered the internet.

    I actually had a life before then. I was more sociable, and went out A LOT. I attended many after school programs and had a very good upbringing. Little did I know the internet would change my life forever...and not in a good way.
    Outofeden Outofeden 31-35, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    The internet in the late 90's

    and early 2000's were awesome. I hate how the internet turned. The internet is so full of **** now, it is sad.
    wastedglory wastedglory 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 21

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    When I came up, I didn't have a cell phone,

    no internet and having a VCR was a big deal. I'm worried about kids who are dependent on their phone, Facebook, etc. Critical and creative thinking seems to have died.
    WaterOx WaterOx 41-45, M 5 Responses Sep 13

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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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    Honestly I didn't discover internet

    until I was 13 years old. I of course had played on a computer before, but those were just game discs and what not. Yes that seems strange for me to say considering I'm only 15.. But I loved the days before the internet. The city ruined me. I now can't go a week without it...
    TakeMeAway15 TakeMeAway15 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 2

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    Lovethebump Lovethebump 26-30, M 6 Responses Oct 9

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    I'm pretty glad I had a childhood

    before the internet.
    jhenifad jhenifad 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 2

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    It may not have been

    before the internet, but I remember before the general population got internet. Only people who were really wealthy had internet and we didn't get it till a couple years after and it was dial up. America online anybody? Lol
    RjMommy245 RjMommy245 22-25, F 8 Responses Jun 21

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    Life before birth or life

    before the Internet. Or is there such a thing. Big Blue is before most our time.
    oreter oreter 70+, M 1 Response Sep 26

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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 sometimes feel that in the 19-20th century

    people were illiterally-literate and now people are literally-illiterate.
    AksharGoyal AksharGoyal 13-15, M Oct 12

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    What, you mean there was life

    before the Internet? Actually, technically I suppose Internet (then ARPANET, but that's what it was) went international in 1973, before my birth. Oh, you must mean before AOL... Yeah, I remember life before AOL, or Eternal September (1993) :p
    Faust76 Faust76 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 24

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    Ok I will have a tirade about how much better

    life was before internet aimed at you kids who are on your smartphones all day. And I will do this on EP posting from my new iPhone 6 plus, while checking my Facebook account, after I send a new Twitter message to my followers, but before I add a few Instagram photos for the...
    Krist0f Krist0f 41-45, M 3 Responses Oct 12

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    noplacetobreathe noplacetobreathe 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 5

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