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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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

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    SirQuaggie SirQuaggie 31-35, M 3 days ago

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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 5 Responses Mar 13

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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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    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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    I find myself watching period piece type movies

    and tv shows and thinking "If they had just had a cell phone or caller ID"... Then I remember I grew up without those things and we honestly err able to better comminicate on a personal level without all of the technology.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 29

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    In fact, being 75 years old,

    I even remember (dimly) the Second World War, and posted a paragraph about it a few days ago which was pulled by the EP robot police for reasons as yet unspecified. Today is the 70th anniversary of VE Day (victory in Europe), a day of unrivalled celebration in 1945. I can...
    Wyesman Wyesman 70+, M 7 Responses May 9

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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 6 Responses Feb 6

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    when the bus was a Quarter the pay phone was a

    dime and mom screamed down the block when dinner was ready.....
    Imhungrytoo Imhungrytoo 51-55, M 4 Responses Apr 29

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    Oh my that was a while ago.

    I remember playing text base games on an Atari....then the first computers with the dial up connections to AOL and some others. Anyone remember ImagiNation Network? Gamers went crazy in 92 for Wolfenstein 3D . Biggest problem back then was someone picking up a phone in the house...
    Johngi77 Johngi77 70+, M 1 Response Apr 19

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    Life before the Internet was like living life

    in the woods with oil lamps and other old-fashioned items used back in the day.
    MisunderstoodGirl69 MisunderstoodGirl69 13-15, F 1 Response May 17

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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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    What one generation sees

    as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity. - - Anthony Crosland
    expressomarkie expressomarkie 46-50, M 6 Responses Mar 8

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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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    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 7 Responses Apr 12

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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 5 Responses Apr 15

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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 Apr 11

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    Till 1998 i have not

    even seen how a real computer looked like. My first encounter with a CRT monitor was in august 2000. Later in that month i wrote my first c program. And by the end of year i created my email id. So you see i was a computer programmer before i created my email id. And Forst...
    Urbanbuddy Urbanbuddy 31-35, M 1 Response May 9

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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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    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 29 Responses Oct 6, 2014

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    Who remembers Stan Freeberg?

    Also remembered as "Cecil, the Sea Sick Sea Serpent"? He went to the great comedian in the sky. Guess I'll have to call "John & Marsha" and tell them to be sure to "turn off the bubble machine". THAT was long before the internet. I remember playing over and over many times "St...
    rfrr56 rfrr56 70+, M 4 Responses Apr 8

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    I sometimes feel that in the 19-20th century

    people were illiterally-literate and now people are literally-illiterate.
    Maaren Maaren 16-17, M 2 Responses Oct 12, 2014

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    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses May 15

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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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    I wish a buck was still silver It was back

    when the country was strong Back before Elvis Before the Vietnam war came along Before The Beatles and 'Yesterday' When a man could still work, still would The best of the free life behind us now And are the good times really over for good?
    mombo1969 mombo1969 41-45, M 4 Responses Apr 29

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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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    Life before the internet was one

    where I didn't sit in front of a box and type conversations to people around the world. That sucked. Life before the internet was me, younger, thinner and less knowledgeable. I like what life is now just the way it is. Sitting naked holding onto my phone and typing with my...
    meTheGrandDad meTheGrandDad 61-65, M 1 Response May 17

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    At the risk of sounding like a Monty Python

    Yorkshireman, indeed so! And no mobile 'phones either. In fact- as a child in the 70s- only about half the houses in our street had so much as a land line. And most of those were 'party lines' shared with another household... Ah. The joys of trying to contact a putative...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 28

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    the one thing I hated growing up was the AOL

    sign on sound(s). Now looking back on it I LOVE it now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1UY7eDRXrs
    DML2451 DML2451 22-25, M 5 Responses Apr 23

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    I remember trying to record songs from the

    radio every week. In the end every song on my tape startes with a piece of a jingle and ended with the dj talking. Good times.
    Znookr Znookr 36-40, M 5 Responses May 13

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    I miss life before the Internet!

    I took my mom and aunt out for dinner last night and my mom sat on her phone the entire night!
    slimmmerman slimmmerman 41-45, M 3 Responses May 20

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    Well I remember my mother catching is on our

    way out the door and made us eat breakfast and had a lunch packed at 8:00 am we wouldn't get home untill dark or after cause we were enjoying life outdoors and our parents were enjoying having sex all day without interruption it was a great set up and learned the lessons in...
    samara11besc samara11besc 51-55 May 6

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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 Apr 15

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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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    we all depend on our phones

    and technology these days,too much time looking down at our phonesmeeting new people in so many waysbut walking arounbd silent like drones where complimenting someone turns into a likewhere chatting as a group only involves a screenstaying indoors instead of taking out your...
    Anth1290 Anth1290 22-25, M 1 Response May 14

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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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    Remember the annoying sound,

    trying to logon to the internet using your 14k4 dial up modem? Keeping tje phoneline blocked gor a whole day and swearing you would never do that again after seeing the phonebill at the end of the month......
    Znookr Znookr 36-40, M 4 Responses May 14

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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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    Geeze. . I'm getting old.

    .I not only remember life before the internet . .I remember life without color television.
    breezeway01 breezeway01 46-50, F 17 Responses Mar 10

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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 3 Responses Apr 4

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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 8 Responses Dec 28, 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 26 Responses Oct 23, 2014

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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 6 Responses Mar 23

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Oct 14, 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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    I remember waiting all day to hear my favorite

    songs come on the radio. Also, waiting for CDs to come out.
    radiantorchid radiantorchid 22-25, F 3 Responses May 13

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