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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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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 
    TheWeepingWoman TheWeepingWoman 36-40, F 5 Responses Jun 12

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    I had Legend of Zelda fever.

    I got a subscription to Nintendo Power and the fan club just to stay up and get all the secrets. My mother was even worse. Today, I can find a wiki to get any hint or clue I need for a game. Before the Internet, I relied on my mother's giant map of the original Legend of Zelda...
    femgineer femgineer 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 20

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    Please my Ep Family i need your help!

    How can i get my boyfriend to stop lying about his social media accounts? I looked through his phone and saw that he had 3 social media accounts. I approached him about it and he said that he took them down. I checked after he told me that and his tweet status increased in...
    Lovlee46 Lovlee46 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 1

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    There's so many things I did

    before the internet, that I don't do now. I remember writing letters to my pen-pals, listening to music on records, 8 tracks, then later the cassette. Having a pager, using a landline phone, or pay phone. I owned Encyclopedia Britannica, so I had to research for something...
    hellcat88 hellcat88 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    I'm only 15 even I remember life

    before the internet. I remember when the internet just became a big thing and it took about 10 minutes for the internet to actually start haha! But what I preferred was playin outside with my friends and just making up fantasy games or climbing trees. I think there's not enough...
    musicislife00 musicislife00 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 2

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    Life before the internet is very memorable

    because I remember as a child, I would always go out with my friends, play games, take walks and just getting down and dirty. I remember people talking to each other face to face... I remember getting a lot of wounds because I was very active and love to play and run. BUT! I...
    HollywoodTaylor HollywoodTaylor 18-21, F 2 Responses May 29

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    Life before the internet was life with TV,

    lol but i dont think it would have mattered all that much if i had at that time because the only time i watched it was at night because during the day was school and playing outside w/ my sis. Lol i even remember when my mom got another tv because sometimes we'd fight and put it...
    storylover6 storylover6 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 4

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    I Remember - When hamburgers were 25 cents.

    When phones really had dials. Candy cigarettes. Bubble gum cigars. When you had to get up to change the channel or adjust the volume. When there was no internet. When TV programs were in black and white. When you weren't physically assaulted when you got on an airplane. When...
    FantasyWild FantasyWild 41-45, M 3 Responses Mar 19

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    RedPowerRangerJoJo RedPowerRangerJoJo 16-17, M 17 Responses a week ago

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    Life before the internet

    for me was, playing on games on my NES such as Rad Racer, Top Gun, Mario, Duck Hunt and Gradius. When it was raining or there was cricket on the telly it was throwing a bouncy ball against a wall, with and with out spin on it to either catch or try and hit playing one man...
    pwis2648 pwis2648 31-35, M 3 Responses Jun 17

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    I am glad the internet is here in a way.

    Cause I wouldn't have met half of the people I have without it. Although, I wish it wasn't here because no one wants to go out and hang anymore because they are always playing games and browsing the net. :(
    chandy2014 chandy2014 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 27

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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 1 day ago

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    Once Upon A Time!

    Life before the internet was good as I recall. I had more time to read and getting out of the house was easier when I was a child too. I had a ten speed bike and I rode it often.My family was not closer then than we are now but distant family was father away to be sure.Life was...
    LadyGypsy LadyGypsy 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 25, 2013

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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 the computer 95% of the time.
    asert12345678 asert12345678 31-35, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I didn't have a care in the world.

    I didn't care about boys and what they thought about me...or girls. I would go out and play with my friends. We had specific names for things. We made up nick names for places we would go and hangout and would go there all day everyday. If people were there that we didn't like...
    lovelygirll2323 lovelygirll2323 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 22

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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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    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 1 day ago

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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 9 Responses Jun 21

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    When you could spend hours playing games like

    british bulldog, hide and seek, tag. Or building a treehouse/fort, or simply going outside
    Anth1290 Anth1290 22-25, M 1 Response a week ago

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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, free to enjoy the last moments of a world less... monitored.
    Court1eleven Court1eleven 26-30, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    Life before the internet,

    especially childhood days was awesome. Before the internet, we' go to each of my friends houses and hangout there. Build forts, play house, watch movies. Bring photos from previous vacations to show off. Get into actual fights with other kids because of some kid misunderstanding...
    hajelove19 hajelove19 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 21

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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 71 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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    Well, I for one can sure remember that.

    Here's a classic example of how we would have fun - and probably a precursor to the internet! My best friend lived in the house opposite me. We stretched a long piece of string across from my bedroom to his, and attached a cocoa tin to each end. What a great phone it made when...
    CarMechanic CarMechanic 66-70, M 7 Responses Jun 27

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    Once Upon A Time...

    Yes I'm old, obviously.  My kids grew up with a computer and as soon as the eldest was 10 we got our first internet connection because I thought it would be helpful for school and it was! When I was young I had to type my applications on a manual typewriter. There was no auto...
    RickiChickie RickiChickie 46-50, F 7 Responses Mar 30, 2012

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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 3 Responses Jun 10

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    And I beg to differ with many a stories

    that I've read under this thread. Like everything always in life, nothing is black or white, good or bad, reality or fantasy. It's all intertwined and if we are wise, we can still have the best of both worlds, the one with and the one without internet. I'd like to go by that...
    TheWeepingWoman TheWeepingWoman 36-40, F 1 Response May 7

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    Let's try an experiment I've read about.

    .. Here is my real photo... Use ur life previous experiment and Analyze me... For example for me people who wear black r usually architects! U may ask me any question or giving me an imagination of something u believe I love or I do from via watching my photo and let's see if u...
    Ramyarcher Ramyarcher 31-35, M Jun 21

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    The first computer we ever had was DOS.

    I remember I had to put the big black floppy disk (whatever it's called) into the computer to play games. It was just a keyboard and monitor together. I think someone gave it to us one day. Then my parents bought a Gateway with Windows 98 operating system and I can sort of...
    adhane05 adhane05 22-25, M 9 Responses Jun 28

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    Well not really. We had the "internet" at home

    before such a thing even existed. I do remember computers that were larger than your living room, punch cards and logging on to the big main-frames from a terminal where you put your phone in to a cradle to dial in. Ooops...giving away my age :)
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 6

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    I remember so many things

    before The Internet... I remember the days when Men were Men and Women loved them for it.. I remember when your sexuality was YOUR business only..didn't broadcast that You were "out of the closet"! I remember when you could really tell it like it was...could call a spade a...
    Davido57 Davido57 56-60, M May 3

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    The Emergence of the Internet, My Coinciding Childhood

    The internet was not a factor at all in my grade school years (the '90s). I was a pretty big nerd, too - I read voraciously (even textbooks I'd buy at garage sales), I'd go outside and catch bugs and press leaves and do all manner of wandering, I'd write actual letters, I'd make...
    tidetheory tidetheory 26-30, F 3 Responses May 4, 2008

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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 7 Responses Jul 12

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    Mannz Mannz 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 25

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    It was fascinating. People outside.

    Games. And. Things to do.
    iamnoor iamnoor 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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    Do you remember life

    before handphones and things like texting, emails, chatting?? I dont even think its possible to live without a mobile but i did once! Weirdly enough things did work out fine.
    fatin27 fatin27 26-30, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    People just look into screens all day.

    Work,school,Shop for clothes , friends, sex even love and marriage. I think that we live 2 lives. The on line one is easier to control. I feel that we forgot how to enjoy real life. Maybe it is not very well photoshopped. We forget to have a good face to face conversation, a...
    thoughtfulheart thoughtfulheart 46-50, F 4 Responses Feb 26

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    The Information SuperhighwayDoes anyone

    remember this commercial in the video? It’s one of several “information superhighway” TV ads from 1994. At the time, I only had a vague idea of what they were about and thought some of the ads were rather creepy. Truth be told, I really had little interest in...
    Rutterman Rutterman 36-40, M 4 Responses Mar 4

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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 1 day ago

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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 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    Life BEFORE the internet?

    !?! That is just a myth, it never happened. That is like saying that there was life before cars... Just kidding, I am to young to know that time but I do remember dial-up... MOM GET OFF THE PHONE I AM TRYING TO MAKE A FUNNY ON THE INTERNET
    ThatSn1perGuy ThatSn1perGuy 16-17, M 1 Response May 27

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    The Real World ...

    My life before the internet was not so bad at all Actually I could say its even better that life right now I love internet for the worldwide knowledge Yet I think internet isolates human beings from socialization We live together in the crowded world but so solitary...
    DollyDiva DollyDiva 22-25, F 9 Responses Sep 30, 2009

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    I'm a 90's baby (Represent!

    ) but before Myspace, before the Facebook's, twitter, EP, and the rest of the bunch. I actually remember watching cartoons, Disney movies, Disney channel, the muppets, fraggal rock, mighty ducks, Aladdin. You guys know the rest, but those were a part of the times where you could...
    Born2Inspire Born2Inspire 18-21, M 1 Response May 30

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    Related Experiences

    Definitely! Needed to make an emergency call? You had to make it to a pay phone. The idea of webpages for all to see and connecting to the world... was unbelievable. Cars often did...
    DarkwingGoslyn DarkwingGoslyn 31-35 5 days ago

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    I am not against technology, however, some times I sit and wonder if all the advancements in the world are to the benefit of people or just making society want more for less. When...
    aussieman01 aussieman01 51-55, M Jul 15

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    The first life I remember is before the first europeans arrived to what they would call the New World. My father was a chief. I was engaged to the son of a neighboring tribe who...
    SkylarPurdy SkylarPurdy 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    you fi careful A di people yuh know Caz nuff a dem nuh real, dem a foe You fi careful A di places yuh go Be careful a di faces you know You fi careful A di friends weh you keep...
    ladyebugg ladyebugg 18-21, F Jul 12

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    Why do every person I care about always leave me...I've only had 1 real relationship in my life before. The very first one last almost 3 years. We broke up after I moved back home...
    Sorasai Sorasai 22-25, F 5 Responses Jun 26

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    The most frightening experience of my life happened to be when I was very young. I can't remember exactly how young I was. definitely before I was 10. But it was swimming class...
    Movingpicture Movingpicture 13-15, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    I have put a pause on my entire life including my home, husband, friends and enjoyment to take care of my ill grandmother. I am quickly remembering why I moved away from my family...
    dezmo1983 dezmo1983 31-35, F 19 hrs ago

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    I'm sitting here counting down the minutes before I turn another year older. Nineteen years old. The year went by so fast, and the time before me is racing toward me like the waves...
    nainaii nainaii 18-21, F 5 hrs ago

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    It was the summer before I started 7th grade so I was probably 13. I had went to the bathroom and I saw a brown spot in my underwear and I was curious of what it was so I wiped and...
    klm15 klm15 13-15, F 19 hrs ago

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    I struggle telling people about my problems. So, I guess just writing my whole story would be better. Haha, I know it'll be pretty long. I'll just go ahead and say it: my mother...
    BookWonderer BookWonderer 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 14

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