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I Remember Life Before the Internet

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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 27 Responses Oct 23, 2014

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    I like being more connected with the world

    but it's sad how antisocial and awkward it's making kids
    civix22 civix22 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 1

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    I didn't have to worry about people insulting

    me online, about how many likes and comments I get on my pictures, who texts me first, if the group chat talks bad about you, people hanging out without you. It was simple. I always worry about these things and it drives me nuts sometimes.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 1

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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 46-50, F 80 Responses Oct 18, 2013

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    I remember when I was a kid,

    my friends used to come 'knock for me' rather than msg me to meet up as everyone does these days.
    bronibon bronibon 18-21, F 4 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    ...when something happened to you exciting,

    and you shared your story with yule family at the dinner table later that evening. ...cell phones suck
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 3

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    whybelikeyou whybelikeyou 26-30, F 5 Responses Aug 8

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    Oh yes. I am indeed that old.

    How different it was to be young then- no texts. No FaceTubeagram. If I plucked up the courage to 'phone a potential girlfriend it meant the land line. And negotiating the parents (or worse, sibling) first. Funny. They always seemed to be in the bath when I called.... Twas...
    Newnameuk Newnameuk 46-50, M 5 Responses Aug 11

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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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    Life was sooooo difficult with out the Internet,

    it was difficult not being able to find certain things and rarely was it easy to find a location, now all that has changed. Thank (your god you worship) for the net....😊.
    John2526 John2526 36-40, M 2 Responses Jul 31

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    I am sorry to say...

    before the internet I already obsessed over computer mastering my skills on paint, playing solitary and encaving myself home for some awesome "new" 3D graphic game about dinosaurs and kingdoms and WOW lolz ( let's not mention the forbidden games haha )
    4biandu 4biandu 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 5

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    I used to read the encyclopedia

    for fun. But now I google. EVERYTHING.
    recalculator recalculator 51-55, F 10 Responses Jul 13

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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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    Wifi withdrawals. How do people

    even internet on a cell phone?
    ThePinkPowerRanger ThePinkPowerRanger 31-35, F Aug 5

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

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    I remember pagers. Lol.

    people communicate in person. children played outside and played board games. girls were girls
    dregina1 dregina1 36-40, F 11 Responses Jun 15

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    what i remember about life

    before the internet is that my weekends were very lonely,depressing,and boring. i always worked during the week..but when the weekends rolled around, i had nothing to do. the boredom led me to dating men that i wouldnt normally date and putting up with things that i wouldnt...
    welcome2myworld welcome2myworld 41-45, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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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've got two daughters

    who are in their twenties. Both are college graduates and have either completed grad school or are still there. I remember doing papers in college the "old fashioned" way - books and microfiche at the library. My kids were flabbergasted at doing university level research with...
    SilverPagan SilverPagan 51-55, M 5 Responses Aug 22

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    We live at a time when it's more important to

    some to erase history then to build it.
    thoughtfulheart thoughtfulheart 46-50, F 10 Responses Jun 22

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    The good outweighs the bad in regards to the

    internet. Well done Mr. Gore, well done.
    Thisis4fun Thisis4fun 56-60, M 1 Response Aug 10

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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 7 Responses Oct 14, 2014

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    Big speakers with the tweeters

    and woofers, 15 inch was the best. Bose And Pioneer and National Lampoon and early SNL. Cassette and vinyl albums with the folding covers to clean the seeds and stems out. Eight tracks of Uriah Heap and Led Zeppelin. Going to the record store...yes, there were such things and...
    zax2 zax2 51-55, M 10 Responses Jul 9

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    And life before digital on general.

    there were so many more opportunities for live human interaction and chemistry before everyone was glued to a phone. I remember so many moments of real human connection and I took it all for granted. I fondly recall record stores and flipping thru bins while a cute guy stood...
    LeighAd1 LeighAd1 46-50, F 3 Responses Aug 3

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    I remember when me and my siblings

    and cousins, out of all of us someone will break something in the house and we never wanted to snitch, and just pretended we didn't know so we all got spanked lol
    TotalX TotalX 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 8

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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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    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses May 15

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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 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 10 Responses 1 day ago

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    I was born in 1993. So,

    the internet was around when I was growing up. I just wasn't exposed to it until I was about 10 or so. I was 12 when I joined chatrooms. But I clearly remember getting excited about going out to play. Spending hours throwing a ball to the wall and catching it, throwing again...
    StayCsBS93 StayCsBS93 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    sujatmika sujatmika 41-45, M 3 days ago

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    I miss when people actually met,

    talked, and experienced things in person, rather than through a keyboard.
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jun 11

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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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    It was so simple and there is something

    so beautiful and calming about simplicity.
    Xo12345 Xo12345 18-21, F 7 Responses Aug 15, 2014

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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 7 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    Nest38 Nest38 36-40, M 6 Responses 3 days ago

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    RealmRunner RealmRunner 22-25, F 18 Responses a week ago

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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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    Bottom line life was

    so much easier. Was in army as internet kicked off I remember windows 3.2 Ugh Im old. But Ive seen the evolution I cant say its good nor bad but seems society thrives or survives on it these days. Makes things hard for old timers like me.
    Averageguy41011 Averageguy41011 41-45, M 6 Responses Aug 17

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    YES! There was life before the internet.

    I remember going outside and playing with my friends not looking down at a tiny screen. Your imagination with your best play time toy! The things we use to come up with to play with just a few simple sticks!! Good times.
    justlarryw justlarryw 56-60, M Aug 3

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    000Camilla 000Camilla 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 8

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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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    Things were so much simpler

    when there was no internet.Sometimes I think about deleting everything and throwing away my laptop.. that would feel GREAT!!!! Well maybe I will someday!
    demp89 demp89 22-25, F 7 Responses Aug 27

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    AeshSme AeshSme 61-65, M 13 Responses a week ago

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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 56-60, M 8 Responses Feb 28

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    I remember when you wanted to know something

    you looked it up in the World Book encyclopedia not Google. I remember beginning with one topic and ending up engrossed in something completely different.
    southerncaviar southerncaviar 51-55, F 14 Responses Aug 8

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