I Remember Life Before the Internet

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    Back then it was difficult to get information

    about anything. I wish there was internet when I was in my early teens. Maybe it would have helped me with a lot of things. It would have helped me gain more information about health.
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    8 Responses Sep 24, 2015

    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...
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    22 Responses Oct 6, 2014

    Life before the internet was amazing.

    My cousins and I pretty much lived in the woods, building "forts" and playing war. Our war games involved BB guns and paintball guns without any protection. I remember using a baseball bat with nails sticking out of it. It's amazing that we're all still alive. When we weren't...
    Jononymous Jononymous
    26-30, M
    4 Responses Feb 22

    There were Fox Mulder

    and Scully. X-files. I heard X-files and those badass two will come back again soon. Is it true??
    rainyrainsky rainyrainsky
    26-30, F
    13 Responses Jan 30

    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
    14 Responses Jan 8, 2015

    Believe it or not, there was a life

    before the internet. Once I got my dial-up internet, I pretty much had it made.
    deleted deleted
    5 Responses Jan 27

    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
    46-50, F
    71 Responses Oct 18, 2013

    Three days of no internet is

    so liberating... okay so maybe not. But it's something should think over, like making life decisions.
    NanamiMomozono NanamiMomozono
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 31, 2015

    I went outside a lot more

    and it was easier to decide what to do with my friends.
    emilyerin emilyerin
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Dec 29, 2015

    I was looking at pics tonight of growing up

    and thought about all the great times I had as a kid. I remember playing outside till the street lights came on and my mom saying" I am not calling you again". I remember a good day was coming in dirty and banged up.meals of sandwiches and water hose water. during the school...
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    7 Responses Mar 21
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    6 Responses May 15, 2015

    Should I though? I don't think I have like a

    "before internet/ after internet" memory folder. Internet was always around... Perhaps "before I became an internet user/ after..." is better.
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    3 Responses Mar 22

    I remember pagers. Lol.

    people communicate in person. children played outside and played board games. girls were girls
    dregina1 dregina1
    36-40, F
    8 Responses Jun 15, 2015
    RedPowerRangerJoJo RedPowerRangerJoJo
    18-21, M
    12 Responses Jul 17, 2014

    We used to reply to personal ads

    and we'd have a funny touch tone way to retrieve our personal ads voice messages. It was neat. Life was good. We dated a lot in order to meet the right people. I worry post-internet generations will not date as much. They seem busy.
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    1 Response Mar 17
    NoDaveParty NoDaveParty
    22-25, M
    6 Responses Jan 30

    I remember when the streetlights coming on

    meant time to come home, and kids played outside all day instead of sitting in front of a TV playing games all day or playing on their cell phones all day.
    emtgirl78 emtgirl78
    36-40, F
    9 Responses Sep 16, 2015

    We don't need to be very old to remember life

    before the Internet some 20y ago. But what a different life it was. Internet is such a mixed bag so yet so evil, so full of brilliant knowledge, yet so full of utter trash. Oh well, that's our new world! Yeah, but where's this all going to end?
    Qagidi Qagidi
    46-50, M
    6 Responses Apr 19

    Like before Internet.

    .. I was in boarding at that time so I wasn't as attached to as I am not.
    bekagath bekagath
    22-25, F
    Mar 10

    I remember being in a cafe,

    restaurant or coffee shop and hearing a buzz of conversation. Now I see people mostly looking at their phones. Which is fine, I love my phone. But I always leave it in my car or turn off the ringer and put it in her purse when we go out. When I go out with my young...
    Thisis4fun Thisis4fun
    56-60, M
    4 Responses Dec 15, 2015

    Some of my favorite toys

    that I had when I was younger were Etch-A-Sketch, Rainbow Brite sprite dolls, Cabbage Patch dolls, Glow Worm dolls, Lady LovelyLocks dolls. I had barbie dolls plastic and paper. I had brain games. I had books, cds, wordsearch puzzle books, drawing books. I even had electronic...
    loveismyfriend loveismyfriend
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Feb 15

    Yes I do! We played solitaire w cards instead

    of the comp game, used the library card catalog, used paper maps instead of Google, had to actually do research w books, more time spent w fam. I could go on and on.......
    deleted deleted
    9 Responses Nov 1, 2015

    I remember being like 9

    and turning on my moms huge computer (and it taking FOREVER to turn on) and using paint. lol... Or if I hung out with my friends we actually played in dirt, or went bowling and now I see middle school kids with their selfie sticks and a lot of makeup... I also remember playing...
    vicmo94 vicmo94
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Nov 4, 2015

    I remembered looking up phone numbers through

    the telephone book. If you wanted to do research you went to the library. If you wanted to chat with your friends, you either called them on the three-way or went to their house. When the bills were do you either paid via check or in person. Wow times have changed.
    purplepas purplepas
    41-45, F
    8 Responses Feb 2

    not everybody want to receive messages.

    i'm not a big texter i'm more analog person who like to talk on the phone.i don't understand people who has no problem with typing and messaging back and forth and back and forth my brain get busy and tired easily,my eyes get tired also,i can't relax at all..and you force me to...
    genjiipiexx genjiipiexx
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Mar 28

    I remember using Encarta Encyclopedia

    before Google for every project and assignment.
    DrLizzyFreud DrLizzyFreud
    26-30, F
    10 Responses Sep 3, 2015

    Back then, we didn't ignore people by sticking

    our noses in our phones all the time. I, for one, ignored everyone by sticking my nose in a book.
    Anonomdeplume Anonomdeplume
    70+, F
    7 Responses Sep 15, 2015

    we had our first computer

    when I was really little. my dads first one came in pieces and he had to literally build it. it wasn't much more than a glorified calculator, lol. by the time I was 7, my little brother and I each had our own Commodore 64s and we're learning to code in basic. . . next came the...
    Llyz Llyz
    36-40, F
    8 Responses Sep 19, 2015

    The problem/challenge I have with internet is

    there're so many things I am curious about - so many browser tabs can be opened. Just type then phwoosh! Cannot concentrate on one thing.. Long time ago, to find some info I need to open books one by one. At least I can concentrate on one book (one topic) at a time, not as...
    rainyrainsky rainyrainsky
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Feb 12

    I remember the first time we used internet in

    school. It was a big thing then. I was about 10 years old at the time. Before that, we would have to reference everything from encyclopedias and dictionaries and other books. Which wasn't a problem for me, since I have always enjoyed reading. So now I am a reading buff along...
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Feb 14

    And I also remember the old phones,

    where when you got mad, you could slam the receiver down. End call doesn't do it for me now. I remember playing outside on sunny days, riding my bike down Davis Hill on a double dog dare; it was worth being grounded for a week for ice cream money. I miss those simple, carefree...
    ZenLioNESS719 ZenLioNESS719
    46-50, F
    7 Responses Oct 20, 2015

    It's funny, I was just talking to my son about

    this the other day. My parents were abusive Evangelical Christians and controlled every bit of information that came into the house. This was easier pre-internet. I grew up in ignorance and feeling alone, with no way to reach out to anyone outside of my isolated community for...
    TruthTelling TruthTelling
    41-45, F
    11 Responses Feb 19

    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
    30 Responses Oct 23, 2014

    Yes I do more so than many of you young dudes

    here. But I love all the threads here on this. Like 'we used to play on the woods' stuff. BTW I remember the first "mobile phone" I saw it was 1986 & an estate agent in Leeds UK had a shoulder carried massive yellow thing with huge battery like a small car battery also clankin...
    byndr byndr
    3 Responses Mar 24

    I miss when people actually met,

    talked, and experienced things in person, rather than through a keyboard.
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    4 Responses Jun 11, 2015

    Like before Internet.

    .. I was in boarding at that time so I wasn't as attached to as I am not.
    bekagath bekagath
    22-25, F
    Mar 10

    OK this is more of before the computer

    but I couldn't stop smiling when reading this.
    hhubby123 hhubby123
    41-45, M
    1 Response Mar 17

    Remember when........

    A computer was something on TV from a science fiction show of note a window was something you hated to clean and ram was the cousin of a goat Meg was the name of my girlfriend and gig was a job for the nights now they all mean different things and that really mega bytes An...
    LadyHeartnMind LadyHeartnMind
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Sep 29, 2015

    People born in this day

    and age think everything can be handled by Google but before Google and Bing and Ask. We had books filled with vast knowledge.
    CaitTheAvenger CaitTheAvenger
    18-21, F
    8 Responses Jan 17

    how can 18-22 year olds remember the dark ages?

    Before they could read or tap on a phone?
    mickitg mickitg
    46-50, T
    5 Responses Feb 1

    And i miss so bad when i was younger,

    if people say i'm on social or some websites means looking for friends who has similar interests at least in my country. i mean if people have already friends,they don't use those sites at those times. First time i got my cell phone was i was 22.And i really didn't check my...
    genjiipiexx genjiipiexx
    31-35, F
    5 Responses Feb 29

    I just broke it off with my fiancé

    and I'm pregnant with his child. I feel sadness relief and a fear I've never felt before.
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    9 Responses Mar 4

    Life before the internet.

    I was lucky to be one of those kids growing up before most kids had a computer.I actually had a childhood.
    rickjaggers rickjaggers
    36-40, M
    5 Responses Jan 14

    Instead of YouTube, If we wanted to listen to

    "our" favorite music, we would have to tune in a radio station (tin foil on the antenna) Cassette tape and fingers on play and record simultaneously . You had to be quiet while making your mixed tape because it would also record any sounds from the room. Right in the middle of...
    Wendy630 Wendy630
    46-50, F
    9 Responses Jan 2

    I finished the 5th season of Downton Abbey on

    Netflix aawwww ?? wish I could watch the 6th soon..
    seraphina00 seraphina00
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 29

    Yep. I feel old when I think about it.

    I remember when colour graphics and sound were a huge deal nevermind the internet. Anyone remember what a dial up modem sounds like? God I am glad those are gone. I remember before there was such a thing as laptops. Mac Portable? not really. lol I remember they used to...
    PicturesOfABetterTomorrow PicturesOfABetterTomorrow
    31-35, M
    4 Responses Feb 6

    Ok, what I want to rant about is NOT life

    before the internet , but life in the early era of the internet. Somebody suggests the doodle for Skype in 2014: http://community.skype.com/t5/Android-archive/Drawing-Doodle-function-for-Skype/td-p/3392531 "Skype lets you Doodle now (if you're on Windows Phone)(2014)": http...
    rainyrainsky rainyrainsky
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Mar 10

    I remember when writing a letter

    and using snail mail was the only way to connect to a friend or person overseas; before there were webcams and digital cameras there was Polaroid; before there was video streaming there was the film projector and 35mm slide shows; going outside for recess and playing in the...
    EtTuJudas EtTuJudas
    46-50, M
    4 Responses Feb 3

    I absolutely love that soon,

    it will be warmer outside, and I can spend more time outdoors, like when I was a little girl. I remember that my Dad made a swing that hung from a tree in our backyard, and I would feel so free as I swang, the sun shining in a beautiful sky, the air filled with the scent of the...
    ZenLioNESS719 ZenLioNESS719
    46-50, F
    6 Responses Feb 29

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    Feb 2

    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
    41-45, M
    6 Responses Nov 30, 2014

    I used to read the encyclopedia

    for fun. But now I google. EVERYTHING.
    recalculator recalculator
    51-55, F
    9 Responses Jul 13, 2015

    I asked my friend who was born in '90

    if she remembered the time before the Internet. She noded, started to imitate the dial in tone and said that was the time when I had to go to the school to get online. It was so funny to see what no Internet means to someone who technically can't remember life without it. :)
    poppingcandyrulez poppingcandyrulez
    36-40, F
    6 Responses Sep 3, 2015

    I finished the 5th season of Downton Abbey on

    Netflix aawwww ?? wish I could watch the 6th soon..
    seraphina00 seraphina00
    26-30, F
    Jan 29

    I was born in 1998, I still remember life

    before the Internet. I had a normal childhood. When I was a kid I would play in the woods with my friends, build forts, and sneak to the lake to catch fish with a bucket. I had bratz dolls, barbies and other toys that I was obsessed with, i would spend hours on decorating my...
    KarahXnichole KarahXnichole
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Feb 3

    I bought a used computer

    when I was 16 and used a free internet service called bluelight.com. it was a CD you had to pick up at kmart and run with your modem, mine was a 56k. This was the first time my family had internet in the house. I realize many people already had it before then, but we certainly...
    ScorpioPig83 ScorpioPig83
    31-35, M
    7 Responses Feb 22
    gypsybelle gypsybelle
    41-45, F
    28 Responses Sep 5, 2014

    It was so simple and there is something

    so beautiful and calming about simplicity.
    Xo12345 Xo12345
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Aug 15, 2014
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