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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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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 6 Responses Mar 9

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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 31-35, F 5 Responses Mar 21

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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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    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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    I have such fond memories of reading a book

    and having no knowledge of future headaches caused by technology! ;) For example, my health insurance company being hacked...and them not mentioning it until open enrollment was over.
    sevenyellowdice sevenyellowdice 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 1

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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 13 Responses Mar 10

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    Those days when everything was

    so much similar... 🙌
    CatWomen21 CatWomen21 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 5

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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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    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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    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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    i really do remember my life without the

    internet :) playing in our yard with my sisters, biking.. i was a very active child. I also had this toy called Viewmaster and some films (unfortunately, a typhoon hit our vicinity and i cant find them anymore) i just wish that whoever got it, likes it too. but if on my...
    missanonymouz missanonymouz 26-30, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Does anybody remember having a watch

    that actually had to be wound? And all it did was tell you the time? No date, day, pedometer, etc. Every morning when you get up to go to school you had to wind the spring, but don't wind it too tight or it'll break.
    rfrr56 rfrr56 70+, M 8 Responses 5 days ago

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    SofaKing9000 SofaKing9000 31-35, M 5 Responses Oct 9, 2014

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    Okay, this is for the younger people.

    When you keep talking and saying the same thing all the time, do you know what is meant when some tells you that you sound like a broken record? Hint: think back before CD's, before cassette tapes, and even before 8-track tapes (oh ya, do you know what that one is?)
    rfrr56 rfrr56 70+, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    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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    I don't understand why people born after.

    .. let's say 1995? when AOL really started to take off list this as an experience.
    Matt60053 Matt60053 36-40, M 8 Responses Apr 1

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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 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 3, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    I was born in 1974. I am part of

    that first generation to grow up on computer usage. That first generation for whom having a computer in the home was like having a refrigerator in the home. Here are some of my pre internet memories... Late 1970's-early 80's: I was thinking the other day about how I miss...
    lovingone lovingone 36-40, F 4 Responses Apr 4

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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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    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 Mar 26

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

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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 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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    Found a site you can type in any link

    and find out what it looked like back to the 90's! AOL 3.0! Check out the experience project in 06' http://archive.org/web/
    NewBeginnings5 NewBeginnings5 26-30 1 Response a week ago

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    The concert... The bullying.

    .. The endless waiting... At the movies with a friend... The bicycle... My confused hand-writing... My loneliness... The type-writer that I got from my father...
    Clothed Clothed 41-45, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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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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    gypsybelle gypsybelle 41-45, F 35 Responses Sep 5, 2014

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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 Mar 23

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    Omg lol is things like this

    that makes me hate the internet sometimes lol this is enough internet for the day! XD
    IsMyStory IsMyStory 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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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, 2014

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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 1 Response Nov 26, 2014

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    Profweird Profweird 22-25, M Jan 31

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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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    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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    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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    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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