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    Yeah, I remember what it was like to actually

    approach a woman to ask her out on a date, and try to get to know her in person, and all of that really nerve-racking stuff. They were tough times for someone like me....
    unluckE unluckE 31-35, M Feb 13

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    RedPowerRangerJoJo RedPowerRangerJoJo 18-21, M 14 Responses Jul 17, 2014

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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, 2014

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    if I get one more candy crush invite from the

    person I requested to stop, what should I do?
    Erasethetape Erasethetape 36-40, F 4 Responses Jan 27

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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...
    NotHisBabydoll NotHisBabydoll 41-45, F 82 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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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, 2014

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    Okay, here's one for you: how about

    when we were kids (us oldsters, that is), we got into trouble in the classroom when we passed notes in class if we wanted to write something to a classmate. Now, students get out their phones and send texts.
    rfrr56 rfrr56 70+, M 6 Responses Mar 13

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    I sure do and it was cool

    but life with the Internet is amazing .. It's good and bad sure but it all in how you spend your time on the Internet .. It can make you feel close to people or apart it's all on you thanks to the Internet I've managed to see all of my family a few times a week ,and i come...
    Prettibrowngirl Prettibrowngirl 70+, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    Here we have a man, so engrossed in whatever

    he’s doing on his mobile device, that he appears to be completely oblivious to the humpback whale that surfaced next to his boat. Of course the man may have witnessed something like this so many times before that he’s totally blasé about it now; or maybe he...
    Rutterman Rutterman 36-40, M 7 Responses Feb 6

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    My daughter is only 2 year

    and 4 months old. She operates the iPad like a pro, using television network app, browsing through them to find repeat telecasts of her favourite programs, and I mean skipping the news and documentaries until she finds what she wants. But she doesn't play the iPad all day. She...
    koh72 koh72 41-45, M 3 Responses Mar 9

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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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    Geeze. . I'm getting old.

    .I not only remember life before the internet . .I remember life without color television.
    breezeway01 breezeway01 46-50, F 11 Responses Mar 10

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    I remember, I really remember,

    and I love books - still do - but I won't go back there. I can imagine a life without the internet, but I can't imagine a life without the internet.
    Clothed Clothed 36-40, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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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 2 Responses Oct 28, 2014

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    greeneyz83 greeneyz83 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 30

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    The internet has spread

    so remarkably quickly its scary but wonderful at the same time. As long as we all remember to communicate with real people in real time as and when we can . Sharing the same live space with someone is the ultimate communication , saying things in real time and sharing body...
    girlfoxy girlfoxy 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 31

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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, 2014

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    I remember when you had to slide out

    if your bedroom window, sneak down the alley and throw rocks at the window of the girl you had a crush on to get her attention without parents finding out about it. You also found out what the wrong end of a shotgun looked liked, and to run like hell.
    extex59 extex59 51-55, M 9 Responses Feb 28

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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, 2014

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    Reading books (like a paperback),

    making hemp bracelets, doing puzzles, playing sports outside, bicycling just for fun, phone conversations, writing letters and postcards, using recipe books, MacGuyvering how to do unusual things, using a dictionary or thesaurus book, printing resumes & applying to jobs in...
    threebe threebe 26-30, F 9 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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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 28 Responses Oct 6, 2014

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    Ever wonder (this is

    for the kids) why, when you call a telephone number you say you "dialed" that number? Why dial when you're really pushing buttons? Well, back in the day, one actually had to turn a rotary dial, that had holes in it to correspond to what number you wanted to "dial"
    rfrr56 rfrr56 70+, M 4 Responses Feb 11

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    What one generation sees

    as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity. - - Anthony Crosland
    expressomarkie expressomarkie 46-50, M 8 Responses Mar 8

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    And I find it said how easy it is to reach out

    to total strangers in cyber space but so hard to say what you mean to say to the people in your life
    MommysGotTats420 MommysGotTats420 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 12

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    Whenever you feel alone,

    just remember, Those kings will always be there to guide you. And so will I. - Lion King.
    AlphaLion AlphaLion 22-25, M Feb 8

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    Somke11 Somke11 13-15, M Dec 31, 2014

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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 Dec 17, 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 28 Responses Oct 23, 2014

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    hey hey hey... it appears

    that EP has finally worked it out. see pint up posts coming soon
    greeneyz83 greeneyz83 31-35, F Feb 1

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    Profweird Profweird 22-25, M Jan 31

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    SofaKing9000 SofaKing9000 26-30, M 5 Responses Oct 9, 2014

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    There was a time.....

    ....it seems so long ago now, that you didn't have this "distraction", this "opportunity". When you actually spent time with family or went outside for some fresh air....etc. It's a distraction and an opportunity, because often times, there are other things that should be getting...
    Mencrytoo Mencrytoo 46-50, M 4 Responses Feb 21

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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

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    Yes, I remember all the things

    before internet. I was born on 2000. It was so much fun playing with my friends who are now obsessed on the net, we keep on playing outdoor games. Now, they even turned to anti-social and fake people. Seriously I miss the old them :(
    iiEdieCupcakeii iiEdieCupcakeii 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 21

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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 Dec 17, 2014

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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 Oct 14, 2014

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    This is the only kind of watch I ever plan on

    wearing.That new thing that came out today holds little appeal for me.
    Rutterman Rutterman 36-40, M 7 Responses Mar 9

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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 
    neeia neeia 36-40, F 4 Responses Jun 12, 2014

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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

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    I only encountered computing

    rather late in the day never mind the internet so much of life was based in things like diaries, scheduled phone calls, writing letters to friends and family and filing out by hand application forms. Today it's different, we send emails if not using social media but it seems to...
    Joanne0chan Joanne0chan 26-30, F 5 Responses Mar 21

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    The Internet is a procrastinators dream.

    Lol I remember life before the Internet really caught on. I wrote, I talk to people, I got things done… now I'm hopelessly addicted. Yes I can admit it. I depend on the Internet for so much – recipes, entertainment, communicating with family and friends. if I ever had to...
    Lynessence Lynessence 31-35, F Jan 31

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    I remember life before the internet.

    ....when people used to wait anxiously for mails at their doors, where most playgrounds were full of kids playing, where most people are able to finish homeworks, make ideas about arts and crafts without the help of Google... lol
    sexydivide sexydivide 36-40, F 7 Responses a week ago

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    gypsybelle gypsybelle 41-45, F 36 Responses