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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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    Yup I remember those times.

    If you had a dedicated computer phone line and a 28.8k baud modem you were the ****. I don't think anything is that slow anymore.
    Jericho7 Jericho7 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 4

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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 15 Responses Jul 12

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    Boy, do I love pizza.

    Pepperoni. Mmm
    ImAPirate ImAPirate 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 23

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    I remember waiting by the mailbox

    for the postman when I was a kid. I belonged to the weekly reader book club. Every week during the summer I would get a book in the mail. Green Eggs and Ham was the first. Or birthday cards from a favorite Aunt or Uncle. I would read and re-read it..... Valentine cards....Now...
    smokethis smokethis 51-55, M 4 Responses Jul 30

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    ...but it is really good to be able to talk

    about difficult, challenging and risque subjects with total strangers who do not judge you. Only the internet can enable this kind of experience.
    Geoff76 Geoff76 56-60, M Sep 14

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    I lived with the Amish

    as a kid. I remember life before electricity! ;)
    Jpfunjunky Jpfunjunky 31-35, M 4 Responses Aug 23

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    Have u ever thought that in just 14 short years

    we got iPhones and galaxies I remember life before they existed :0
    blondegrey2020 blondegrey2020 13-15, M 4 Responses Sep 14

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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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    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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    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 using those really big apple

    computers in school. Then my father brought home a computer for first time. It was the weirdest thing. One thing I don't miss was the dial up. Now we all have smart phones, times have changed.
    truthexplodes truthexplodes 26-30, M 6 Responses Sep 11

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    I'm pretty glad I had a childhood

    before the internet.
    jhenifad jhenifad 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 2

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    RedPowerRangerJoJo RedPowerRangerJoJo 16-17, M 15 Responses Jul 17

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    It saddens me today that it seems

    that many of the younger generation knows little about face to face conversation. They are happy to hide behind their computers and phone seemingly without any consequence for what they can or cant say. I feel todays society really struggles with conflict resolution and...
    KarlPirrottina KarlPirrottina 36-40, M 3 Responses Aug 13

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    gypsybelle gypsybelle 41-45, F 43 Responses Sep 5

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    I do..even though I was a little kid.

    I remember my parents carrying around those gigantic cell phones. And watching tapes instead of DVDs. I miss those times. But I am addicted to the Internet. :p
    Rayven1997 Rayven1997 16-17, F 6 Responses Aug 2

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    Dating Naked on M3TV?

    Ummmmm is it just me..? Or is reality TV getting more ridiculous?
    drunkinlove23 drunkinlove23 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 31

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    thr080766 thr080766 46-50, M 11 Responses a week ago

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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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    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 3 Responses Jul 23

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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 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 3

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    The internet in the late 90's

    and early 2000's were awesome. I hate how the internet turned. The internet is so full of **** now, it is sad.
    wastedglory wastedglory 31-35, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Life was simpler- no computers,

    no cell phones, no facebook and definity no other social media. No internet garbage either. Limitet online games - what a concept. :))
    larrlee larrlee 61-65, M 2 Responses Sep 10

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    No I obviously don't,

    I'm far too young for that. But I do remember when computers where novelties, I remember when a lot of households including my own didn't have computers. Hell I didn't touch a computer until I was 6 and we didn't have a computer at home until I was 9 or 10 I remember my parents...
    TheCreatorOfAll TheCreatorOfAll 16-17, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Less drama, more interaction with friends

    and family. Eating at the dinner table. Having more conversations about what happened during the day. It was a simpler way of life.
    honeysuckle23 honeysuckle23 46-50, F 2 Responses Aug 3

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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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    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 Jul 23

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    I'm 27 and technology is the devil lol not

    really but you get what I'm saying I was baffled when I saw they allow 13-15 year olds on here what ****** experience have you been through? Disneyland? Kinda disappointed about that but back to how people don't know what physical communication is anymore it's truly sad and I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I remember I used to go outside with my friends

    and hang out and jump rope etc
    Kayl1995 Kayl1995 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 22

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    Of course I do and it was a good time.

    Just as this time is a good time. It's just different and young people face a lot more challenges now. I also see a lot of loneliness, unhappiness, depression, people struggling and having a hard time growing up. It's sad that some seem to confuse attention (especially...
    RagnarLodbrok RagnarLodbrok 41-45, M 3 Responses Sep 13

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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

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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 
    TheMaverickWoman TheMaverickWoman 36-40, F 5 Responses Jun 12

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    I remember limited tv options,

    time to bike wherever, even to creeks and sand pits, to water drainage ditch/culverts to explore on dry days. Kick-the-can in the summer nights or hide-in-seek on dark nights. Papers put together via typewriters, no copiers. PC's started showing up in the 80's-purchased an...
    Soullovr Soullovr 56-60, M 10 Responses Sep 2

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    When I came up, I didn't have a cell phone,

    no internet and having a VCR was a big deal. I'm worried about kids who are dependent on their phone, Facebook, etc. Critical and creative thinking seems to have died.
    WaterOx WaterOx 41-45, M 4 Responses Sep 13

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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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    Ah, how I wish the whole world's internet would

    just freeze for a day and we could all go back to 4 tv channels, everyone sitting enjoying each others company over a nice game of scrabble rather than everyone looking down on their screens checking their e-mails, facebook etc. Not stimulating at all. No more meaningful...
    1amlonely 1amlonely 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 5

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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

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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 84 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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    Hand written letters,

    typewriters, only land lines unless you had a cb(like truck drivers). Communication is what it's all about.
    grameecarolyn grameecarolyn 56-60, F 2 Responses Aug 23

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    I loved reading books

    and writing letters back in the day. I read a good book instead of surfing the web. I wrote long letters instead of posting updates. Gosh I miss those days. I remember how relaxing yet entertaining it felt to do either. The last time I held a pen it felt so awkward. If I...
    somerbunni703 somerbunni703 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 22

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    Hell, I remember huge black

    and white TVs, dial phones, phone booths for a dime, cheap gas and a fill up gave you free glass wear.
    MrPlank MrPlank 51-55, M 9 Responses Sep 6

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    I'm a HUGE fan of Harry Potter

    and found a website where they make custom handmade wands. 😃My mom said shell give me the money so I can order it as a late birthday present!!! 😆
    LunaRay19 LunaRay19 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 22

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    For all you 90's kids.

    ...stick on earrings, beanie babies, Silly Putty, and last but not least...Bill Nye the Science Guy. Can I get an Amen?
    drunkinlove23 drunkinlove23 18-21, F 6 Responses Aug 31

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    I can remember people asking me

    for change for a dollar so they could use the pay phone. I can appreciate the internet but sometimes I miss talking to the people I was helping out .
    bkboxer609 bkboxer609 56-60, M 1 Response Aug 30

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    People were more simple to deal with

    and get along with = also I had lots of fun going fishing , camping and story telling , lots of out doors adventures with others and also had better bonding .
    stephenrko stephenrko 31-35, M Aug 23

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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 5 Responses Jul 23

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    Reallifeperson Reallifeperson 22-25, M 4 Responses Sep 11

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    It seems so long ago.

    And in ways, it was. I'm only 25 and I remember when I didn't have the internet, or a computer. Life was real. I wasn't drawn to electronics and addicted. I actually went outside and played with kids my age and made new friends, and was fairly active. The world has now changed...
    Philli8807 Philli8807 22-25, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    I quit Facebook, now I'm thinkin social media

    in general is not for me anymore. It's more of a habit that doesn't really bring anyone closer. I'm takin it old school!
    SettlerNoMore SettlerNoMore 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 22

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    I even remember life

    before answering machines. I'm talking the way back time. You'd call someone and they would be out living their life and...the phone would just ring. If it was important, you called back.
    ImpishToad ImpishToad 41-45, F 5 Responses Aug 3

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    And it SUCKED!!!!!!!!

    ! The Internet is SO much a PART of my life I can't imagine LIFE without it! FIRST of all....the internet has become 'my LIVING'...I am a webmaster and I maintain websites. SECOND... I found a wonderful hobby and post pieces of art on EBay. THIRD, I found the love of my life...
    pixelita pixelita 36-40, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    But that doesn't necessarily mean I miss them, heh. One thing I do miss, however, is how much more involved people tended to be. It's like the internet has broadened out contacts...
    RobertBetrois RobertBetrois 31-35, M 5 days ago

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    Ahhhh good ol' days good ol' days !!! I feel sad tho :(
    anasteel2 anasteel2 41-45, F 1 Response 5 days ago